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General Policies

A library card is required for all transactions. A library card is not required to use library items and services at the library.

Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of the questions we hear most often for your reading pleasure and edification. It can be viewed here.

Library cards

Library cards are issued free of charge to Gorham residents and property taxpayers. Photo identification and proof of residency is required for adults; children may use their grade, school and age as identification. Non-resident households may purchase a library card for an annual $30 fee. The fee for replacing a lost card is $2.00.

Loan period

All items (books, magazines, DVD/Blu-ray, etc.) may be checked out for 3 weeks and are eligible for one, 2 week renewal.

Your prompt return of library materials ensures that all of our patrons can continue to use our collection. Although we do not charge overdue fines, we do issue overdue notices, and your library card may be suspended if materials are overdue. We will bill for lost or damaged library items.


Our building is handicapped accessible with a street level entrance and an elevator. Persons requiring special accommodations are encouraged to communicate their needs to a library staff member.


We require your library card number in order to disclose any information about books you have reserved, checked out or renewed. Although this might seem inconvenient, this requirement protects your privacy by preventing anyone else from making inquiries about the library materials you use. [Read our Confidentiality Policy]

Help when you need it

We are here to help you find the items that interest you among our collections. If you have any questions about using the library, please do not hesitate to ask a library staff member for assistance. [Learn more about our staff]


Requests for specific titles or subject areas are welcomed and encouraged. Please speak to a staff member or email us.

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