The Portsmouth Public Library will lend items to library institutions with reciprocal lending agreements.

Materials Portsmouth Public Library Will Lend

  • Audio-visual (videos, CDs, DVDs, and books on tape) material will be loaned at the discretion of the Library Department Head/Manager.
  • Circulating books
  • Periodical/newspaper articles not found online
  • Photocopies

Materials Portsmouth Public Library Will Not Lend

  • High demand volumes
  • Items in the Esther Murdaugh Wilson Memorial Room (Local History)
  • Microfiche
  • Microfilms
  • New titles (published within the past 12 months)
  • Reference collection

Loan Periods / Renewals

The Portsmouth Public Library will lend items to reciprocal lending institutions for one month unless circumstances dictate otherwise. One renewal will be granted for an additional month if the item is not requested by a Portsmouth Public Library patron. Library reserves right to recall item(s) at anytime.

Cancelling a Request

The ILL Department should be notified immediately (within five days) if material is no longer needed.


Up to five pages will be provided at no charge (within copyright limits). Request for more than five pages will be assessed $.25 per page after the fifth page.


Charges will be assessed for lost or damaged items. Payment for lost or damaged items must be in the form of check or money order made payable to the Portsmouth City Treasurer.

Approved by the Portsmouth Public Library Board on August 13, 2009