Current library hours can always be found online or by phone at 535-2832. Hours vary by season and for holidays, so be sure to check. Hours will vary for other services, like the Writing Center and the Commons Cafe.
All Plymouth State University students, faculty, staff and Community patrons are expected to abide by the rules governing student conduct outlined in the student handbook. A copy of these rules is on reserve at the Information Desk. Staff members are always concerned about the safety of our patrons. Please contact a staff member if you need any assistance.
All students, faculty, and staff at Plymouth State University can borrow books, videos, and other physical items from the library with their PSU ID cards. Students can borrow books for 30 days, movies for 3 days, and compact discs for 30 days. All items can be renewed one time for an additional, equal loan period.
Faculty and PAT staff can borrow books for 180 days and audiovisual materials (movies and CDs) for 30 days. All items can be renewed one time for an additional, equal loan period.
OS staff can borrow books for 90 days and audiovisual materials (movies and CDs) for 3 days. All items can be renewed one time for an additional, equal loan period.
Periodicals--magazines, journals, and newspapers--cannot be borrowed. Items in the reference and special collections also cannot be borrowed. Other items--such as maps, scores, and curriculum--may have different loan periods than those above.
Alumni of USNH institutions, Plymouth Regional High School students, PRHS teachers, senior citizens, and residents of Plymouth and Holderness can receive an annual borrowing card at no cost. The borrowing period for most items in 30 days.
Members of the general public can receive a borrowing card for $30 annually.
You must have an active email address to receive a borrowing card.
Lamson Library may request identification and otherwise verify a patron's status before issuing a borrowing card.
All Plymouth State University students, faculty, staff and non-PSU patrons are expected to abide by the rules governing student conduct outlined in the student handbook. A copy of these rules and the student handbook is on permanent reserve at the Information Desk.
Patrons who do not conduct themselves within these guidelines and exhibit any behavior listed below may be asked to leave the building. University Police may also be contacted.
Lamson Library staff are concerned about the safety of our patrons. Please contact a staff member if you need any assistance.
Plymouth State University’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons (LLC) offers free WiFi access, 5 computers for searching our library catalog, 1 public computer for searching the Foundation Directory Online database, and 6 Public Access Computers.
The World Wide Web is a vast network of information and resources. The LLC assumes no responsibility for the content of material on the Internet. It is not possible for the LLC to control specific information that may be available. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for information accessed from the Internet. Selection policies which serve to govern the library’s purchase of written materials may not apply to material accessed electronically. It is the responsibility of the user (or the parent or guardian) to determine what is appropriate.
New Hampshire law (NHRSA 638:16, et seq.) prohibits damaging or destroying a computer or computer program, software, or system. Unauthorized access is also prohibited. Persons attempting such action can be prosecuted.
The LLC cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free. The Library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the Library’s Internet service.
The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. While respecting individual users’ rights to privacy, LLC staff reserve the right to monitor use of the computers to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from LLC equipment if they observe any behavior which they judge to be in conflict with this policy. Misuse or abuse of LLC computers may result in suspension of computer privileges.
Staff Assistance: The first priority for LLC staff is assistance to PSU students, faculty, and staff. Staffing constraints mean that LLC staff cannot be responsible to provide non-PSU users training on Internet access, computer jargon, or computer use. Staff may offer minimum searching suggestions and can answer some questions as time permits.
PATRONS USING THE PUBLIC Access Computers MUST CONFORM TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:
Updated: February 11, 2011
Library materials are limited resources that must be shared with several thousand other students, and should be treated with care and consideration. You are held accountable for any materials checked out to you that are returned in damaged condition.
Deliberate mutilation or theft of books and periodicals is more than a violation of respect for materials that tuition dollars from you and other potential users have paid for. It is also a violation of State law, and is subject to disciplinary action. Stealing or defacing library materials is also a violation of academic integrity. For more information on this topic consult the PSU catalog under “Academic Policies and Procedures.” More importantly, if you see anyone defacing materials report this immediately to the Information Desk.
PSU Lamson Library and Learning Commons specifically prohibits harassment, including sexual harassment, and this extends to all computer areas in the Library, including the public use workstations. The legal definition of sexual harassment includes “display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.” Library users who access these types of materials may be asked to leave the building or advised to do their research in a less public area.
Furthermore, using computing resources to engage in conduct which interferes with others’ use of shared computer resources and/or the activities of other users, including studying, teaching, research, or University administration is prohibited.
We recognize the value of allowing some access by children to Lamson Library. We hope to encourage all children to use libraries and library resources and to become familiar with the kinds of resources that are available in libraries. However, Lamson Library is primarily an academic library, designed to serve the needs of our primary users, PSU students, faculty, and staff. We also recognize our role in providing access to adult and young adult community members in the Plymouth area.
Children younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult while visiting Lamson Library. Lamson Library does not employ a Children’s Librarian nor is the Children’s Literature section on the Lower Level in a supervised area. The need to be accompanied by an adult also applies to children’s use of the public computers on the main level.
The Lamson Library Collection Development Policy describes materials we actively add to the collection and indicates the level of acquisition to which we aspire. This document also includes the ALA (American Library Association) Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read statement, and the Intellectual Freedom Statement as supported by Lamson Library.
Lamson Library welcomes donations of money, books, and other appropriate material. The gifts are evaluated by the same standards as purchased materials. While most books are accepted as donations, only those which are appropriate for the collection are added.
Because of space limitations and processing costs, many gifts are not added to the collection, such as:
Lamson Library reserves the right to accept or decline any gift. The gifts not being selected to include in the library collection will NOT be returned to the donor.
Annual InterLibrary Loan borrowing privileges at the Lamson Learning Commons for visiting scholars, aka the requestor, will allow books/materials to be requested through ILL via the PSU portal. Privileges cannot be assigned to anyone but the requestor.
The requestor will be notified via email when books/materials arrive. Books/materials will be picked up at Lamson Learning Commons by the requestor and returned to Lamson Learning Commons on or before the due date. A maximum of 20 books/materials may be borrowed per year. An annual donation of $50 is requested to cover the cost of this service.