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Address: 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603 431-2538
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This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of...

This library was established in 1817 and has a noteworthy collection of rare and old publications.

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The most beautiful space on Market Square

The historic Reading Room opens up onto Market Square and is an elegant reminder of historic Portsmouth.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
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Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The historic Reading Room opens up onto Market Square and is an elegant reminder of historic Portsmouth.

Thank J S
dennisport, ma
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

very knowledgeable staff who help with your research. appointment may be required. centrally located in downtown Portsmouth, a good stop if visiting the city

Thank Janet C
Millville, DE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My neighbor is a member and I was privileged to visit with him at a time that the Library was not open to the public. The prints and paintings in the lobby are rare and a visual history of the area and its seagoing traditions. As a collector of rare books, I was overwhelmed by the collection of books. There... More 

3 Thank bankruptcy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Cool place, would definitely miss it if you were not looking for it. Really awesome exhibit on Victorian fashion and history.

Thank kjjjohnston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We recently bought a house in the historic district and we went to the Portsmouth Atheneum to research more about it. The staff was extraordinarily knowledgable about the history of the historic homes in Portsmouth and they were very helpful in finding us the information we were seeking. There was also a very interesting exhibit about fashion and fabric details... More 

1 Thank LorettaConnecticut
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A secret find in Portsmouth. A must see for a local history buff. Their hours that they are open to the public though are limited.

1 Thank jackjrt
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Went to see an exhibit on fires in Portsmouth and spend over a hour with the staff looking for ancestors. Wonderful bilding overlooking market square.

Thank HerbMotley
West Caldwell, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

OK, so it's a very big nutshell. It contains so much local history - mainly in the form of original documents and artifacts - that have been collected or passed through families to them, that it ends up being a treasure trove of past history for researchers, genealogists, small tour groups, and those just wanting to sit and read books... More 

3 Thank T123raveler
New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Very interesting place and very helpful staff/volunteers.

1 Thank NewEnglandMim
Kittery Point, Maine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

This should not be on the tourist trail, this is a research library that contains New England genealogy and rare books and some artifacts. Currently only part of one floor was available for public viewing. The first floor is closed due to a locked door and key failure and so one must go around to third-floor it in which one... More 

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