Gale Library

*For Curbside Service requests, please contact the Library at 382-4691 or

Gale Library Current Winter 2021 Curbside Schedule: 

Monday 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 

Requests for material holds can be placed via our online catalog:, phone (603) 382-4691 or email:

You will be notified by phone or email when your order is ready to arrange a pick up time.

For ADA access, please contact the library for further instructions.

New Acquisitions:

Recent titles from the catalog Resource List may be accessed through our online catalog:

After clicking the link above the Gale Library photo, the Resource List is then located on the lower tab to the left of the page.

Paper copies of new acquisitions are available on the Library’s book drop box and updated weekly.

Wowbrary is also a free weekly online newsletter to showcase new books, movies, magazines, movies and music. Please visit for registration to receive new acquisitions delivered directly to your inbox.

There is a 5-item limit of items that can be requested at this time. Library book bags will be available on the front porch noted with your library card number/initials on the bag and order summary in the bag.

The book drop box continues to accept material returns. Please wait to deposit your materials at the box should other patrons be within the 6-foot social distancing guidelines. If you are feeling sick, please do not return your books at this time!

All returns will be quarantined for 72 hours and sanitized before returning to the collection. Your account may show that your returns are still outstanding until the process has been completed. No fines will be applied until further notice.

The library building is currently closed to the public.

We will monitor usage and adjust service capabilities based upon the current health information and recommendations.

An account will be necessary to access your circulation status, place holds or renewals. At the website, click on the Gale Library link above the photograph to begin.

Placing an order online:

Create account – Upper Right-Hand Corner of Page.

Enter Last Name and Library Card Number (Barcode).

Create Username and Password.

Phone (603) 382-4691 or email:
You will be notified by phone or email when your order is ready. 

The Gale Library will be opening on July 6, 2020 for curbside service only.  Click here: for details and guidelines.

Donations of books and videos are currently not accepted due to the public health concerns and lack of storage capabilities.

We are thinking of you all and hope to see you soon again at the Library!

Seacoast Science Center Discounted Passes

The Friends of the Gale Library have purchased discounted passes to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

The pass admits two adults and up to four children or grandchildren into the Seacoast Science Center at 50% off the cost of regular admission. The Pass holder receives a 10% discount in the Nature Store.

Open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Summer visitors must pay the Odiorne Point State Park admission fee at the same time they make their reservation (ages 12-adult:$4; ages 6-11:$2; under age 6: Free; NH residents 65+: Free).

Please contact us at (603) 382-4691 to request a pass.

Thank you to our Friends!


What's new at the Library! 

Recent titles from the catalog Resource List and may accessed through our online catalog:

After clicking the link above the Gale Library photo, the Resource List is then located on the lower tab to the left of the page.

Wowbrary is also a free weekly online newsletter to showcase new books, movies, magazines, movies and music.  Please visit for registration to receive new acquisitions delivered directly to your inbox.

We offer free WIFI.  Service is available in the parking area for those that need internet access.


Kanopy Streaming-

Patrons can now watch free films (including Kanopy Kids) by signing in with their Kanopy account and library cards on this site:

You will need to set up an account for email address and a password to log in.  For assistance, please contact:

Ancestry Library Edition for Genealogical Research: 

For those who would like to start or continue their genealogy research, we subscribe to  

Please contact the Library for log-in information. 

Questions and Assistance:

Informational Resources:

Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks:

Remote Ebsco online databases:,cpid&custid=s9146368

(Log-in information for the database access is the same as for your NH Downloadable Books.)

About the Library:

The Gale Library is the public library for the Town of Newton, NH. The library was founded in 1892 and was set up in the Town Hall. In 1908, the library was moved to an antique one-room school house, now located on Route 108 and known as the "Marion Hatch Building". Since 1978, the library has occupied its present site, a former elementary school building. A capital reserve fund was started in 1982 to save and plan for future alterations to the library building.

Gale Library Retirement Announcement -

Mrs. Mears has retired at the end of 2020 in her roles of Children's Librarian and Assistant Director at the Gale Library.  Mrs. Mears has provided over 20 years of education and joy to the Newton community.  In addition to her staffing role, she also is a Friend of the Library and a previous member on the Board of Trustees with a long history of public service.  She will be missed and we wish her the best upon her retirement.  Thank you, Mrs. Mears!  Please visit our Facebook page to share your special memories with us!

As a former teacher and library trustee, I would like to extend my gratitude for all the work and creativity given to the Gale Library all these many years by Sue Mears.  May she enjoy many wonderful years of retirement. Sally Woodman



The Gale Library assembles, preserves and administers a collection of print and non-print materials of value and use to the community. Library materials, services, resources, and programs provide access to ideas and information to support clients in their personal, cultural, educational and civic interests. The library also provides a sense of community by connecting people and ideas in a welcoming and safe environment.

Reviewed & revised by Library Board of Trustees on 1/11/2017.

Using the Library:

The library offers books, magazines, DVDs, CDS, and other audiovisual materials. Movies and CDs are lent for a one-week period. All other materials circulate for three weeks.

Library registration is offered free of charge to Newton residents. Residents of Kingston, NH may also register for a free library card, according to an agreement between the public libraries of Newton and Kingston. Newton residents may also register for a library card at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston. Those registering for a library card must show proof of residency. Library cards must be presented for all check-outs.

Computer workstations are available to the public for word processing and Internet use. Internet use requires a registration, clear account and may be reserved for one-hour blocks of time. Library materials can be searched using the online public access catalog.

Children's Services:

Children and adults are invited to the library's weekly Story Hour, each Tuesday at 10:00 am. Children can listen to stories and take part in crafts in the Youth Services Room. Children's Services are located on the upper level of the library building. In addition to the large Youth Room, a smaller Picture Book Room offers books for youngsters, toys, puppets, and a play area. Special events for children and adults are planned throughout the year and are announced in newspapers and on the library events sign.

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