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The library is located at the intersection of Main Street and Route 132 in downtown Ashland, NH.
The Ashland Town Library checks out books, movies, magazines and audio books. The library has public access computers available for
patron use and one guest computer for non-patrons. All computers are equipped with Microsoft Office. Wireless Internet access is available to patrons and non-patrons with their personal laptop. New Hampshire Inter-Library Loan services and downloadable books are offered to patrons. Local history and genealogical information is
available to be used at the library.
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At the Town Meeting in 1871 the citizens of Ashland voted to raise $250.00 to purchase books in order to start a public library. The first
library was opened at Colonel Thomas P. Cheney’s home on Highland Street with his wife Mary acting as the first librarian. The library was moved several times to private homes until being housed in the Commercial Building and then to the Scribner Block. In 1895 the town built the Firemen’s Hall and the Ashland Town Library had its first permanent home sharing the space with the Fire Department.The 1937 Town Meeting voted to accept the Emma Scribner bequest of her home, circa 1870, and land on the corner of Main and Pleasant Street. The 1938 Town Meeting voted $500.00 to move the library to
the Scribner Memorial Building. The first floor was extensively remodeled to house the library. The library was opened to the public in its current quarters on September 11, 1939.
Getting Your Library Card:
Residents and taxpayers in the town of Ashland have free library borrowing privileges. Persons wishing to apply for a library card at the Ashland Town Library must fill out an application card. Photo identification is required as well as proof of residency. A yearly non-Ashland resident/non-taxpayer fee of $20.00 per individual and $25.00 per family is due at the time the card is issued. The fee can be reimbursed if proof of residency is provided within 30 days from the date the card is issued. Your library card is effective immediately.