The Joseph P. Copley Research Library and the Randall Room exhibition gallery are open without charge to the public:

Joseph P. Copley Research Library hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday from 1–4 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special arrangement

Randall Room exhibition gallery hours:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

The research library and the exhibition gallery are on the third floor of the building at 6-8 Market Square adjoining the Athenaeum building.

The Joseph Sawtelle Reading Room is open for tours to visitors on Thursdays from 1 – 4 p.m.

The Reading Room is on the first floor of the Athenaeum at 9 Market Square.

The Portsmouth Athenaeum is handicap accessible. Please call the Athenaeum to get directions to our elevator and to set-up arrangements for a staff member to meet and help you.


The Athenaeum is closed:

  • New Years Day
  • Market Square Day (the second Saturday in June)
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Most holiday weekends 

Please call in advance to confirm that we are open.

Officers & Directors  
President: Karen Bouffard
Vice-President: Stephen H. Roberts
Treasurer: William Purinton
Secretary: Douglas Aykroyd
Past President: John Shaw

David A. Borden Sally Gayer

Ronda Baker Hill

Jeffrey Hopper
Edward Caylor Sandra Rux
Janet Dinan William F. Wieting
Ellen Fineberg  

Contact Information

The Athenaeum is located at
9 Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

For information call (603) 431-2538

  • Extension 1 is for general information about the library
  • Extension 2 is to reserve seats for lectures or programs
  • Extension 3 is to leave a message for the library staff
  • How to Find the Athenaeum:
    The Portsmouth Athenaeum is located at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH. Map
  • The Research Library and Randall Gallery are at 6-8 Market Square on the 3rd floor.
  • GPS Coordinates:
    Latitude - N 43° 4’ 37.5”
    Longitude - W 70° 45’ 27”
  • Parking - There is two hour parking on the street but during the summer months it can be difficult to find a parking place.   The parking garage is around the corner from the Athenaeum.   Once you've made the right turn onto Market Square take your first right onto Ladd Street the entrance into the garage is off of Ladd Street
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Portsmouth Athenaeum By-Laws in PDF format

Draft of 2017 Portsmouth Athenaeum By-Laws
Portsmouth Athenaeum 2013 Long Range Plan in PDF format
Portsmouth Athenaeum's 2015 990
Portsmouth Athenaeum 2015 Annual Report
Photograph Reproduction & Use Policy
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