For You

Welcome to the Dover Town Library!


This year, we have assiduously focused on library collections: adding more fiction and speed-reads for browsing, as well as bolstering and curating a better nonfiction collection for informational and educational purposes. Collections are developed based on criteria such as authorship, accuracy, scope, currency and objectivity. These decisions are aided by professional selection guides, current and popular lists and patron recommendations. We continue to collect materials, organize and deliver them to the public, based on current library principles, standards and best practices.

In order to provide Dover residents preferred access to the latest titles, all new books stay in-house for up to 6 months before they become available for interlibrary loan. Multiple copies provide access to the hottest reads and in-demand titles. Speed Reads circulate for 3 weeks giving patrons longer to enjoy. We are in constant pursuit of popular titles. We gladly accept suggestions.

Because play allows children to master complex functions in language, social interactions, physical movement, problem solving and complex strategies, they become engaged in the most fundamental way with the world in which they live. This is just one of many facets of life-long learning at the library.  A variety of toys including board games, puzzles, dolls, electronics and building kits may be borrowed for three weeks using your library card.

Unique, diverse and useful objects have been added to the adult collection for borrowing. These tools enable people of all ages and learning abilities to experiment, learn and delve deeper in to specific areas of interest.  A power washer, rug doctor and gutter cleaner are found in the HOME section.  A sewing machine, dress form and Martha Steward paper punches are located in the ARTs. In the FOOD section, you will find a wide variety of culinary equipment; a food dehydrator, chocolate fountain, soda stream. Like our toy and technology collections, all of our unique objects are funded by private donations.

All databases are free and accessible from your home, work or while in the library and include:

  • is available to assist you with informed consumer decisions.
  • allows you to pick from over 4,500 independent films from your favorite film festivals from around the world and stream directly to your home computer or portable device to watch on your TV.
  • teaches real conversations in over 60 languages. Access from anywhere, from any device for free using your library card. 
  • is an incredible opportunity to invest in your continuing education. Access to 100s of instructor-led, online classes with CEU credits. Free with your library card.
  • allows you to explore your personal history and family tree. Access is limited to within the library only.

All library programs are supported and 100% paid for through the Friends of the Library, private donations and grants. Programming happens daily at the library and is an important part of library services. On any given day you can find something that may pique your interest or satisfy your curiosity. Programs stimulate dialogue and introduce ideas and culture for our community to explore, learn and enjoy, such as music and dancing, a food or financial series, and CAD design.  Book Clubs provide stimulating discourse and Thursday Tea provides a chance to meet neighbors and play trivia. The “Creative” spaces geared for Adults and Teens provides a hands-on experience and introductions to multiple disciplines throughout the year. These areas offer a new approach to life-long learning by offering an opportunity for hands-on exploratory, experiential knowledge.

Creative partnerships have been forged between the DTL and the Civil Air Patrol Model Rocket Club, and Land Sakes and Walpole Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program that brought interesting programs to our library. Partnering with Dartmouth College [NH] allowed us to offer an Engineering MOOC to our community.  An imaginative opportunity of reciprocal exchange happened between Elm Bank and the Dover Town Library Staff awarding great gardening programs for the library and summer storytimes in Elm Bank’s garden

Dover Town Library continues to be recognized nationally for achievements in library services for a second year in a row. In November 2014 and again in 2015, Library Journal (a nationally recognized professional journal) recognized Dover as a Star Library. Fewer than 300 of the 17,000 public libraries in the United States receive this recognition based on circulation of materials, patron visits, program attendance and internet usage. In 2012, Dover Town Library was named as a finalist “Best Small Library in North America” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The library continues to be recognized for a number of achievements but we are most proud to be serving this community.

The Staff remains committed to our library’s mission of providing free open access to the world’s knowledge, information and culture. We are always pleased to assist with reader’s advisory, help pick out a great book, place a hold on a new title, or answer questions. We are a team of professionals dedicated to the community, as well as to our profession. To be recognized nationally for all we do makes us proud but our greatest achievement is hearing your praises, compliments and excitement when you walk through the doors. Every day we strive to build a meaningful collection of materials, to offer a variety of engaging programs and make the Dover Town Library a worthwhile destination for you and your family.

As the scheduled renovations to the main floor quickly approach [painting and carpeting], the main floor will be closed to the public from Thanksgiving through February [reopen date –TBA] while we undergo a facelift.  Circulation of new and popular materials will continue from our temporary service desk set up in the community room. The children’s room will remain open for service. We apologize for the inconvenience this creates however, the Library Board of Trustees and Staff are excited about our new look, revitalized programs and services and look forward to your visit and a chance to serve you when we reopen.