circa 1912

circa  1925

On November 18, 1908 the library was opened to the public, with Mrs. Emma Sholes as librarian.

Withdrawals totalled 400 volumes in the ensuing two months and the library proved to be well patronized.  At the beginning of the year 1909 there were over 1500 volumes on the shelves, beside a lage collection of magazines and pamphlets.

                                                          Walter R. Nelson, History of Goshen New Hampshire, 2nd ed.(Concord, NH: Evans Printing Company 1984) p. 327


Presently there are over 5,500 items in the collection - books, audio CD, DVD, magazines and newspapers.  New items are added daily and the collection can be searched remotely through  You can also search for and borrow from the collections of libraries in the state of New Hampshire through the Inter-Library Loan program.  Additionally, your library card gets you access into the NH Downloadable Books database through the Library's membership in the NHDB Overdrive consortium. There are over 8,000 audio-book titles and 10,000 E-book titles you can download for free!  Of these titles, Juvenile, Teen and YA readers/listeners can access more than 1,000 E-books and audio-books in each age group and category!  You can download to your computer and/or personal digital devices.


After-school programming continues at the Library with STEAM Kids - a bi-monthly program exposing students to science, technology, engineering/english, arts and math.  For younger children our Story-time program takes a new approach this year with an after supper session, Books Before Bedtime, aimed at kids pre-school to six, but older siblings are warmly welcomed to sit in or read on their own.  Adults are invited to participate in the afternoon and evening monthly book groups, enrichment classes and NH Humanities presentations.  All of this and more keeps the Library a busy center of community engagement.  Take a look at our Programs tab for more information about offerings for all ages.


WiFi access is available with an OGPL card and passcode and we have 4 public use computers plus a Childrens desk-top loaded with kid-safe programs.  Want to scan the night skies? Check out the Meade ETX-125 Telescope.1  Want to see if the acoustic guitar or electric piano is your instrument?  Check out one of ours to try before you buy.  Need a simple digital camera for the weekend?  We've got two to lend.


The Library is a place of change and growth, community and privacy.  It is your gateway to facts and fictions, historic memories and future imaginings, self-education and playful entertainment.  At the Olive G. Pettis Memorial Library we encourage you to come in and visit and...

~ Read ~ Dream ~ Believe ~ Create ~ Succeed ~


1 non-traditional items for circulation may require a contract and multiple forms of ID


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