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A back-to-school must: The library card

September is Library Card Sign-up month. For students heading back to school, a library card can be one of their most valuable resources for the upcoming year.

Having a library card from a New Hampshire library allows students access to the more 2 million items in our state’s libraries’ collections. If a student’s library does not own a particular item that the student needs, it can be requested from another library in the state.

New Hampshire has 1.3 million residents and more than 700,000 registered library cards on file. In 2010, 8.9 million items – including books, magazines, DVDs and CDs – were checked out of the New Hampshire’s 234 public libraries.

“Some people think that you can get any information, for free, from the Internet, but that’s not the case,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “Having a library card gets you access to information you can’t find on your own, and it also gives you access to librarians that can help you find exactly what you need from both print and electronic resources.”

The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit




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