Rooms Available & Priority for Use

Meeting rooms are available at both the main Soutworth Library and the North Branch Library. Priorities for using the library's meeting rooms have been established in keeping with the library's mission and service goals. In scheduling the use of these rooms, the library may grant permission for use of rooms to, in order of priority:

  • Town of Dartmouth elections
  • Library sponsored programs
  • Groups and organizations affiliated with the library
  • Town of Dartmouth departments
  • Town of Dartmouth boards and committees
  • Neighborhood and community based groups and organizations from the town
  • Other groups serving the needs of the community

Meeting rooms are not available for personal or family purposes. The rooms are not available for purely social functions such as parties or showers.The Board of Library Trustees and the library staff reserve the right to reject a reservation request if the anticipated meeting is likely to be disruptive to regular library functions.

  1. Southworth Library
  1. Elsie Haskell Auditorium (seats up to 100 people)
    • What is available:
      • Chairs and Banquet-style Tables
      • Coat Rack, USA Flag on a stand, Podium
      • Use of the Kitchenette - Refrigerator, Sink, Trash Barrel, Paper Towels
      • Wipe-away Board with markers and eraser
      • Room Divider on wheels
    • Equipment available:
      • Wireless Microphone, Built-in Speakers
      • Built-in Overhead Projector with pull-down screen, DVD Player
      • Access to free wireless network
      • HDMI cable to connect laptops to projector
  2. Southworth Meeting Room (seats up to 15 people)
    • What is available:
      • Adjustable Table with Chairs
      • Wipe-away Board with markers and eraser
      • Access to free wireless network
      • Equipment available: None
  3. Audrey Quail Quiet Room (seats up to 6 people)
    • This room is available on a walk-in basis for up to an hour when not in use for passport services. Ask at the Circulation Desk to check
    • Availability and for the form to sign in to use it.
    • What is available:
      • Table with Chairs
      • Access to free wireless network
    • Equipment available: None
  1. North Branch Library

Room Setup

Groups using the Libraries' rooms should arrive early to set up the tables and chairs and test equipment. Library Staff will unlock the doors, if necessary, but will not set up the room. Please contact the Library to find out how early you may arrive. If a presenter wishes to come before the day of the event to test equipment, this can only be arranged by contacting the Library in advance.


The Library does not provide laptops or PC's for room use. You must provide your own. You should bring all cables or power cords that came with the device. While the Library does have cables and adapters for our equipment, they may not fit your device. We do have extension cords of various lengths. Please ask in advance if you require an extension cord.

Technical Assistance

If available, Library Staff can demonstrate how to use equipment that is already in the Library, such as the projector or DVD player. There is a binder in the room with instructions on using all devices present in the room. Presenters cannot assume that Staff will be able to operate, or repair, any device that is brought to the meeting. Thus, it is important that groups prepare and test their presentations in advance.

Food and Drink

Any food or beverages brought into the Library must be removed after the meeting is over. The Library will be responsible for the trash as long as it is in the trash barrels, or in bags.