Part-Time Library Shelver

Ideal for high school students! The Durham Public Library seeks a reliable and detail-oriented library shelver to join our team. This is a 7.5 hour per week, minimum wage position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicable library experience

Required Competencies:

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Ability to read, write, and alphabetize
  • Ability to learn the Dewey Decimal system and other library filing systems
  • Familiarity with office computer applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and patrons.
  • Attention to detail

Essential Functions:

  • Returns items to shelve accurately
  • Assists with maintaining order of collection
  • Assists with creating displays
  • Assists with preparations for library programs
  • Assists with maintaining order and cleanliness of library
  • In addition to essential functions, all employees are expected to carry out other duties as assigned

To apply please send a resume and three references to Christine Michaud, Library Director, at cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org and complete the online Library Shelver Assessment. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022.

Check out our new lawn games!

Looking for something fun to do in your own backyard this summer? Check out our new lawn games! We have eight new games that you can take home for a week to play in your backyard, in a park, or wherever the fun may take you!

The Lawn Games collection consists of:

  • Bocce
  • Cornhole
  • Croquet
  • Giant Jenga
  • Ladder Golf
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Ring Toss
  • Wooden Dice

To put a hold on one of the games, go to our catalog and search the name of the game you are looking for and “lawn games Durham”, or call or stop by the library!

The lawn games are made possible through the generosity of the Peach Pit Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

Thursday Movie Matinees Are Back!

The Durham Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Thursday at 2:00 pm. This film series is free and open to the public. Please note that for movies rated R, only individuals age 18 & over are permitted to attend. Viewer discretion is advised.

Aug. 4 – Death on the Nilestarring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rated PG-13, 127 min.

Aug. 11 – Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Rated PG-13, 145 min.

Aug. 18 – Stillwaterstarring Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Rated R, 140 min.

Aug. 25 – Cyranostarring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Rated PG-13, 124 min.

Summer Reading Logs for Adults, Kids, & Teens.

Click any link below to print a Summer Reading Log from home or stop by the library to pick one up in person.

Preschool Summer Reading Board Game for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Summer Reading Log for kids entering grades K through 5 in the Fall of 2022

( Print 2 pages per sheet, double-sided)

Teen BINGO Card for Teens entering grades 6-12 in the Fall of 2022

Adult BINGO Card for everyone else!


To Return, Pick an Option Below;

  • Return it in person at the library
  • Email a scanned copy or photo to: aklaus@durhamlibrary.org
  • Mail a completed log to:

Youth Services Department

Durham Public Library

7 Maple Ave. Durham, CT 06422

All logs must be returned by August 31st.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

In order to expand Internet access to Durham residents, the Library has established a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program. The hotspots are provided by T-Mobile and funded by a gift from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

No internet at home? Borrow ours for: school projects and papers, job searching online, and connecting your tablet or laptop.

On a long car trip? Have the kids in the backseat streaming movies, music or other online content.

On Vacation? Road trip, camping, or grandmas house with no internet? Bring it with you!

Loans and Holds

Hotspots are available to Durham Public Library card holders ages 18 and up with fines of less than $10.00. Patrons must present their valid Durham Public Library card at the time of checkout.

Checkouts are limited to one hotspot per household at any given time. Hotspots may be checked out for one week and cannot be renewed.

Hotspots may be reserved by placing a hold online or by calling the library. Devices will be held for two days. If the device is not picked up by the end of the second day, the hold will be cancelled and the device will move to the next person in line.

At the time of checkout, patrons must sign a Hotspot Use Agreement, acknowledging the Library’s Hotspot Use Policy.

The Library reserves the right to refuse lending to patrons who abuse equipment or who repeatedly return Hotspots late.

Hotspots must be picked up and returned at the Durham Public Library circulation desk. Hotspots must never be returned to another library or placed in the book drops.

Hotspot Use

Patrons are responsible for the proper care and use of the Wi-Fi hotspot. We recommend that patrons have a basic working knowledge of the device on checkout. If you encounter any technical problems, contact Library Director Christine Michaud at cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org or 860-349-9544, ext. 5.

The Library is not responsible for any liability, damages, or expense resulting from use or misuse of the hotspot and its connection to other electronic devices, or data loss resulting from use of the Hotspot. Any use of the device for illegal purposes, unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format, or transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory or obscene materials is strictly prohibited.

Wi-Fi service will be turned off if the hotspot is more than two days overdue, rendering the device unusable.

Loss or Damage

Overdue fines of $5 per day, to a maximum of $20, will be charged for late hotspots.

Hotspots that are two weeks or more overdue are considered lost. Patrons will be charged a $100.00 replacement fee if the hotspot is lost or damaged.

Patrons will be charged a replacement fee not to exceed $20 if a charging block or case is lost or damaged.