About the Putnam Public Library

Mission Statement

The Putnam Public Library serves the needs of the community by providing free access to a diversity of ideas, information and experiences with the goal of promoting the love of reading, the joy of lifelong learning and engagement with the arts, sciences and humanities. 


Priscilla Colwell, Library Director
Tina Aubin, Children's Librarian
Patricia Jensen, Adult Services
Jeanne Prindle, Technical Services
Janet Phaneuf, Technical Services
Kathleen Raymond, Circulation Desk Supervisor
Mary Crowell, Children's Assistant
Mary Jo Skipper, Library Assistant
Gillian Norman, Teen Librarian
Abbie Thompson, Children's Assistant
Norman LaJoie, Custodian

Library History

The Putnam Public Library had its beginning at a meeting on April 16, 1884. The library was formally opened on April 25 with 270 books and 147 members. The library was in several locations in downtown Putnam before a new, specifically designed building was completed in 1955. The building suffered severe damage in the floods of 1955, and the dedication was delayed until December 2, 1956. Abbie Scott was the librarian from 1932 to 1962 and was succeeded by Millicent Beausoleil, who retired in 1979. A new Children’s wing was dedicated on December 2, 1979 and coincided with the appointment of Mary Brumbaugh as Library Director. Priscilla Colwell took over the reins as director in 2006 when Mary Brumbaugh retired after a long period of service to the library.

Computer and Internet Use

Public computers are available during library hours as well as wireless access for laptops. A library card is required for the public compuers but guest cards are available for out of state patrons. Although you do not need to be a Putnam patron to use our computers, your library card must be registered in our system.  The registration process takes place at the circulation desks and takes about 5 minutes. Sessions are limited to one hour per person each day. Sessions may be extended by one half hour by a staff member.

To protect the system against viruses, the following activities are not permitted:
-Downloading of software
-Use of personal software

 Users with a laptop and compatible wireless card or internal wireless capabilities can access the Library’s free Wi-Fi Hot Spot.

For reasons of liability the Library staff cannot assist with problems related to wireless devices or assist in making changes to devices’ settings and/or configurations. Users not comfortable making these changes should not use the service. The Library cannot guarantee that devices will work with the Library’s wireless access points.

Transmitting personal information, such as credit card numbers and passwords, is not recommended. The Library is not responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. There is no firewall for this service. Your laptop must have appropriate virus protection. Please keep these issues in mind when you use this service.

Printing is available at all public computers: .25 per page for color printouts, .10 per page for black. Printouts are paid for after printing at the circulation desks. Printing is not available through the wireless connection.

Audio files should be listened to only through headphones. Headphones are not supplied by the library.

It is not acceptable to use the Internet for any purposes which violate U.S. or State Laws or to transmit threatening or harassing materials. Any use of the Putnam Public Library’s Internet connection for illegal, inappropriate or obscene purposes or in support of such activities is prohibited.

Notary Services

Free notary services are available 35 hours a week. Please call ahead to make sure that our notary is on shift for that day and bring your photo id.  There are notaries at the town hall if the library's notary is not available.


Outreach services are available for patrons who are unable to get to the library because of illness or general health.  Please call the library at 963-6826 to discuss this service.

Priscilla Colwell

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