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9am - 6 pm
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9am - 12 pm


Elkins Library Catalog now Online! To access the Catalog Click Here

This website is the access to the New Hampshire State Automated Services where searches for materials held in New Hampshire may be found. Materials may be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan Service provided by Elkins Library.

The address can be used to search to see if the items are in the state and then may be requested through Elkins Library.



EBSCOhost Article Search

Allows patrons access to a wide range of full-text articles online from thousands of magazines and newspapers. Canterbury patrons may click on the following link to log in

Please contact the library for the Username and Password..


Elkins Public Library
9 Center Rd.
P.O. Box 300
Canterbury, 03224-0300
Phone: 603-783-4386
Fax: 603-783-4817

From 93

Take Exit 18 off I-93. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. Proceed about 1/2 mile to a fork in the road. Take a right. Continue to the "Stop" sign. Turn right onto Route 132. Then take the first left onto Center Road to Canterbury Center. The library parking lot entrance is located between the Old Town Hall and the church on the left.

From Route 106

Take Route 106 to the traffic light at the 106 Beanstalk and Hardware Store. Turn onto Shaker Road. Proceed about two miles to Baptist Road which is on the left. Turn onto Baptist Road. Travel four miles to Canterbury Center. The library parking lot entrance is located between the Old Town Hall and the church on the right.
























Elkins Public Library provides materials and informational services to all community residents to fulfill their educational and recreational needs.

Special emphasis is placed on being an educational support center and in stimulating young children’s interest in reading and learning. Fiction, non-fiction and popular materials will be the mainstay, but inter-library cooperation and membership in the State Library Nhu-pac system will meet further informational requests. Elkins Public Library serves as a center for the intellectual growth of the community.

The library collection contains 16,347 books, books on tape and CD, DVD’s, and periodicals. Books and listening books circulate for 3 weeks and videos and DVD’s circulate for 1 week.


The Elkins Library Board of Trustees welcomes volunteers in the Library as an enhancement for the Library’s programs and services. Volunteers are valued for their dedication, enthusiasm and for the work they perform in support of the library. Volunteer tasks may include: book mending, shelving, adult and children's program assistance, cleaning maintenance of collections, gardening, and other tasks as needed.


The library meeting room is available for use by nonprofit community groups.

For information regarding the meeting room application and room use policy, please request information from the library.

Priority is given to library programs and Canterbury groups.

Please confirm availability of desired date and time by calling or coming into the library.

Download audio books at home!

Download audio books and e-books at home!

Download audio books on CD, I-Pod, OMC or MP3 Players from home. Compatible e-book readers are Sony, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kindle & your PC or MAC.

Check out the website for more details and then contact the library if you would like to register for this service and receive the code required.

This service purchased through the state library and a grant from the Gates Foundation. A high-speed connection is necessary.

FYI is a great resource for tips to navigate the Downloadable Audio Books!


Watch for these wonderful upcoming events.

2015 Programs

All programs take place at 7:00 pm. unless otherwise stated.

EVERY HERO HAS A STORY – 2015 Summer Reading!

We are SO excited about this year’s theme! We will be exploring what it means to be a hero because they come in many forms! This summer we celebrate heroes through history, heroes in our community and of course…. SUPER HEROES!
Come by the library today and pick up a detailed calendar of all the events. Remember that our Summer Reading Program is for children of all ages!

Every week in July will include opportunities to explore this year’s theme and have fun!

July 2: Heroes 101 – learn hero basics and make a costume for the summer.10am
July 9: Super Hero Training Camp–learn to leap tall buildings in a single bound. 10am
July 9: Special movie night at 7:30pm Big Hero 6!
July 16: We Can all be Heroes – visit with furry friends at the Library.
July 23: Every Hero Needs a Comic – come make your own comic book to share.

Our finale on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00am will feature Simon Brooks! Simon is known for the engaging voices he uses in storytelling. Children of all ages will love this fun and exciting show. Plan to have lunch by taking a turn at our HERO SANDWICH BAR!

Pick up your BOOK LOGS and start reading! Put a sticker on the space when you read a book or have a book read to you! It’s just that easy! Turn in your book log no later than JULY 23 and collect your book prize at the FINALE on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00.

Attention Middle School students! We have a copy of each title on your summer reading list. Please remember to return your books on time!

POETRY READING Wed. August 12 at 7:00 pm by Sue Ellen Thompson. Sue Ellen’s poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor, and have received numerous awards, including the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize. Sue Ellen will be reading from her most recent publication, They, which features poems about her late father, Canterbury resident Elliott Thompson of Southwest Rd. Mark Stevens will give the opening remarks and share reminiscences of times shared with Elliott.

Under the Humanities listing which are always at 7:00:

Tues. October 13
Discovering New England Stone Walls
Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.

Tues. November 10
Pleasures of the Parlor: Middle-class Domestic Music-making in 19th-century New England
In 1904, 150 delegates to the National Piano Dealers' convention waved lights and danced around a bonfire made of hundreds of square pianos. Why? What's a square piano? How had middle-class Americans, their instruments and their songs changed over the preceding decades? Marya Danihel discusses music made at home in pre-Victorian and Victorian New England, illustrating her social and music history with live performances of songs from 19th-century collections, contemporary paintings and illustrations, and excerpts from etiquette books and memoirs like those of Portsmouth's Sarah Parker Rice Goodwin, wife of New Hampshire's Civil War governor.
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Elkins Library has 5 public computer terminals available for the public and a WIFI connection.

The public terminals are a first come first serve basis and patrons may sign up for a half hour. If no one else is waiting the time may be extended.





Shaker Village
– Canterbury, NH (Seasonal)

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium- Concord, NH

Currier Museum of Art – Manchester, NH

SEE Science Center - Manchester

Sqaum Lake Science Center

Family passes are available to borrow. Many allow a family of four to visit free while others provide a reduced entry fee. The details are explained when you reserve a pass either in person or by calling.



Copier - .10/ copy
Computer prints - .10/copy
Fax machine - $1.00/copy

Fines: Contributions to our Conscience Box are welcome!

There is no registration fee for residents of Canterbury.

The non-resident fee is $50.00 per year.






















Susan LeClair
Library Director
Rachel Baker 
Children’s Librarian
Debi Folsom
Circulation Manager
MaryAnn Winograd
Circulation Services
Rose Howe
Circulation Services

Claudia Leidinger
Anne Nute -
Florence Woods
Linda Riendeau
Debbie Snow
Paul Lepesqueur
Mark Stevens
Contact Elkins Library
Phone: 603-783-4386
Fax: 603-783-4817


Monthly programs:

STORY HOUR Come enjoy songs, read aloud and crafts with new friends the first and third Tuesday of the month from Sept. through June at 10:00.

ROCK N’ READ is a music and movement program for babies and toddlers. Come join the fun the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:00.

LEGO CLUB! NEW! Children and families are welcome to come and build together with Lego bricks. This club will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 4:00.

TEEN TIME READ The third Monday of the month at 3:30 to 4:30. Make food and read great books. If you’re in 5th grade and up and would like to participate, please let us know.

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! A new book chat for ages 9-12. Come in the 4th Monday of the month from 3:30 – 4:30. Come make a delicious snack, enjoy time with your friends and read the latest chapter books!


KNITTERS meet Wednesday. evenings at 6:30 for any level knitter; beginners to experts. Don’t miss the great display at the library of last year’s projects! Come join us by the fireplace.

QUILTERS meet every Wed. from 10:00 to 1:00. Bring your projects, sewing machines and lunch!


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"Gateway to the Granite State"
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