Browsing is back at Rochester Public Library

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Browsing is back at Rochester Public Library

The Library is opening for Browsing by Appointment. You can call us to schedule a convenient time to pick out books and movies and other items. RPL-To-Go is still available for those who prefer it.

Browsing Appointments

"Have you missed browsing the stacks to find your own library books? Does the thought of opening a book jacket to read the summary make you smile? Good news: browsing is back! The Rochester Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be offering browsing appointments starting Wednesday, February 17.

Librarian Marie Lejeune says "As Covid-19 cases in New Hampshire continue to decline, we feel that it is once again safe to offer in-person browsing at the Library," Browsing will be appointment only and there will be a limited number of appointments per hour. Daily hours vary so please see the website for a current listing. Curbside pick-up and appointments for computer/copier/Wi-Fi use will continue to be available.
Mask Mandate: Masks must be worn, completely covering nose and mouth as recommended by the CDC, for the entirety of library visits.

Please be aware that NO food or drinks are allowed inside the Library building at any time as masks must be kept on at all times to keep everyone safe.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 332-1428 ext 2.

Computer Appointments

To schedule Computer, WIFI, Copier and newspaper reading appointments call 603-332-1428 ext. 2 and speak to a librarian. Photocopies cost $0.15 each and printouts are $0.10 per copy.

Library Lover's Month

February is Library Lovers Month. You can stop by the library and pick up an "I Love My Library" hand sign in our outer lobby, or make your own, take a picture, and post it on social media. Tag the Library and use the #rochesternh

Blind Date With a Book

Valentine's Day may be over but there is still time to have a blind date with a BOOK! We have chosen a selection of entertaining reads for any adult. Call 603-332-1428 OR email to request a "blind date with a book". We truly believe there is a book for everyone!


Whether you know exactly what you want, or need some suggestions for what to read next, RPL-To-Go is the way to request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and even magazines. Just place items on hold in our catalog, call 603-332-1428 ext. 2, or email us at Rochester with your requests. Don't be shy about asking for recommendations, that's the best part of our job!

Downloadable Resources

Go to to see our downloadable resources and find out how you can enjoy a variety of media, from audiobooks and ebooks to movies and TV shows.

Children's Room

Book Character Scavenger Hunt

RPL Children's Room will be holding a scavenger hunt over February school vacation. Start at the Library, where Scavenger Hunt Riddle Packets can be picked up in the ground floor lobby starting Sat, Feb 20 through Sat, Feb 27. Solve the riddles to find downtown businesses or city buildings where small book character silhouettes are in a window. Identify the character and move on to the next riddle! The hunt is designed for all ages. Younger children may need assistance. Allow approx. 45-90 min to complete the hunt. This is a no contact program, and can be completed even if a business is closed. We hope that while families are searching for their next book character, they will also get excited about visiting downtown businesses! To be entered for randomly drawn prizes, return your completed form no later than Monday, March 1.

Paying Fines

Returned items are being quarantined for a period of time before they are checked in. Check-ins are backdated to the day they were placed in the book returns.

When we check items in after being in quarantine, we've been finding some patrons have included money to pay their fines. Please avoid doing this, as money can easily come loose in the book drop. Instead, stop by the desk in the inner lobby where we can accept your payments. If you have any questions about your account please call 603-332-1428 ext 2.

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Stephanie Piro is a main desk library assistant at Rochester Public Library.