Temporary Library Cards

During the COVID-19 crisis, you may obtain a temporary library card so that you may access our online resources. The card will expire once we reopen. Fill out this form to receive your library card number.

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WiFi in Library Parking Lot

We have just added another WiFi access point for the parking lot.


Remember to contact the library at rfl@newport.lib.nh.us if you have any questions.

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Please don’t return your library books

Please don’t return your library books. Stay safe at home. All items are now due April 10, 2020. This date will be extended if needed. So take good care of those books, DVDs and audio disks and bring them back later.

Remember, even if you can’t check out books, you can still keep reading. The New York Times, E-books, audiobooks, and online magazines are all available with your library card. Discover resources on the Remote Services page on our website: www.newport.lib.nh.us. Staff are working from home and can still answer reference questions and remind you of your number if you can’t find your library card. Just email us at rfl@newport.lib.nh.us.

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Social distancing is an important element in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Board of Trustees of the Richards Free Library has made the decision to close the library facility effective immediately. All events and activities are cancelled. Please keep your books until we open. We are a fine-free library so no fines will accrue.

A wealth of information can be found on the library website. We invite library card holders to take advantage of many features available online from Universal Class to Kanopy streaming movies and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. The staff is available to help you navigate these resources. Please email us at rfl@newport.lib.nh.us.

The trustees and staff thank you for your patience.

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Remote Services on our Web Page

You may notice a new tab on our web page called “Remote Services.” There you can find links to some great websites for you and your family during this time of social isolation. Take a look!

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Scribd is making their millions of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines FREE to anyone for 30 days, no credit card required. Just sign in at this link: scribd.com/readfree. There are many fantastic books for adults and children available without waiting.

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Library Access from Home

Though the library is closed during this pandemic, there are still ways to access the library services and our collection:

COVID-19 Resource Page. Keep up to date with links on our Health Information page.

WiFi is available 24 hours a day in our parking lot. To log in, look for the RFL Public network. There is no password.

You may notice a new tab on our web page called “Remote Services.” There you can find links to some great websites for you and your family during this time of social isolation. Take a look!

Explore HeritageQuest online. ProQuest has made the online service HeritageQuest available for home use. Call the library for the user name and password to access HeritageQuest here. Please know that non-subscriber access will be removed at some point. 

Take a look at Kanopy. Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service. Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card number.

Read the New York Times online.

Take an online class through Universal Class. Access over 500 online courses for free.

Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines are always available with your library card through the New Hampshire Downloadable books website.

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Library Service

Our Commitment to Keeping You Safe

The Richards Free Library in an effort to mitigate the spread and transfer of viruses and bacteria has made the following adjustments:

  • Increased the availability and visibility of our disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. 
  • Increased disinfecting schedule in public areas. 
  • Removed all soft toys from the Children’s Room, and continue to regularly disinfect play space. 
  • Returned materials will be disinfected.

We will continue to monitor updates along with the Town Health Officer and remain committed to keeping our community happy and healthy, maintaining a safe space for all. 

But we need your help!

When visiting the library, please use the hand sanitizer available at service desks and throughout the library. 

Please remember to wash your hands!
20 seconds at least is the rule. Soap up well and rinse well. Keeping your hands clean means helping to keep library spaces and materials clean and safe for all to use.

If you have library materials and are not feeling well, please give us a call, we are happy to extend your due dates when possible!

At this time the library is not planning to cancel any programs, but we will do our best to keep our website and social media updated if there are any changes. 

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Shaws Give Back Where it Counts Reusable Bag Program

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Stop Motion Workshop Postponed

Due to the snow, we have decided to postpone today’s Stop Motion Animation Workshop until Tuesday, March 10th at 3:00. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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