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Survey results and report ! Thanks for taking part

Thanks to those of you who responded to our RPL 2016 Planning Survey Questionnaire mailed to Rye postal customers in April.  Please take a moment to review the final report on the Survey here.  Our planning committee has processed the survey information and will follow up with several public focus group events in fall 2016.  Watch for announcements of these continuing opportunities to provide your feedback and opinions to the RPL planning process.  All planning agendas and minutes are available here.smallCompass image

Invitational Art Exhibits in the RPL Community Meeting Room

Four times each year the Friends of the Rye Public Library Fine Art Committee invites submissions for a themed show that hangs in our CMR for three months.  Please see our Art Acceptance and Display Policy.  Submission periods will be January, March, June and September annually.  Please click the link to download a blank submission form.  Please refer to our current theme and appropriate submission dates hereLibrary Art June 2012 002.

Rye Public Library Newsletters


RPLeffect-Masthead-#112C61FThe primary newsletter of the Rye Public Library is the Ripple Effect.  Other Library groups  generate newsletters to keep members posted between meetings.  The Friends of the Rye Public Library will debut their newsletter during 2013.  Access back-issues of any of our RPL newsletters at this link to the newsletter archive.  You can also join our mailing list at the newsletter archive homepage or below

Sign up for our mailing lists here


Volunteers are not paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. ~ Anonymous

Rye Public Library enjoys a wonderfully dedicated, dependable, and enduring team of volunteers.  Representing a town that’s about 20% smaller than the average across New Hampshire, Rye Public Library traditionally reports annual volunteer service at a rate almost  1.5 times the average from the rest of the state!

A welcoming staff, a great working environment, a fantastic facility, and an appreciative community all serve to reward our volunteers for their efforts, and keep them coming back.

Please review the downloadable INFORMATION FORM here, to find out more about volunteering at RPL.   If you think you’d like to join this vital team, please contact Assistant Director Lisa Houde who coordinates our volunteers.

We try to keep volunteer expectations and obligations perfectly clear, so please review our VOLUNTEER POLICY in advance of applying.   Thank You!

View other regional volunteer opportunities through the  UWGS Volunteer Action Center 


Please send donations to Rye Public Library at 581 Washington Rd, Rye, NH 03870.  Remember to indicate any special dedication or requests relative to the donation.  Thank You!

Download a tax receipt for your donation here

In future, we hope to offer direct donation options by credit card or Paypal.  Details will coming to this page as progress is made!

Suggest a Purchase

To suggest an addition to our collection, please call us, email us at, come in and see us, or use the following form. Your suggestion will be evaluated according to our current acquisition procedure, and we may decide to purchase it or, alternatively, to request a loan of the title from another library.

Please include your name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you, and as much information about the item as you know.

Be a Friend

The Friends of the Rye Public Library (a 501(c)3 organization) help educate our community about the needs of the library as well as its resources and facilities.   Your annual dues help the Friends provide this vital support, as our main source of revenue is our Annual Membership Drive.  Click here for our current membership form.

Please join us…

The Friends meet the second Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm at the Rye Public Library.

The Mission of the Friends of the Rye Public Library is to:

  • Promote the Library within the community
  • Enhance the Library’s resources and services
  • Provide programs that are designed to create interest in the Library
  • Act as a support group for the Library’s financial plans or for additional resources requested by the Library Director

Did you know that your library provides the following services?

* Museum passes (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Museum of Science,  Historic New England, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke, and the Seacoast Science Center)
* Delivery service to homebound residents
* Weekly senior visits to the Library
* Weekly storytelling for children
* Summer reading programs
* Film series
* Art exhibits
* Computer classes
* Speaker series
* Youth and Adult book discussion groups
* Summer art lectures
* Military book discussion group
* Interlibrary loan services
* Meeting rooms
* Internet and WiFi access
* History and genealogy reference
* Notary services
* Concerts, and more…

Please renew your membership or become a new Friend!

Annual Memberships run from October 1 of the current year,  to September 30 of the following year.

Membership levels are as follows:
Seniors, $5
Individual, $10
Family, $25
Benefactor, $100
Literary Lion, $100+

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Rye Public Library and send them to the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Rd. Rye, NH“  03870

Friends honor past President Ann Malpass