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NH State Library 300th Anniversary Logo The New Hampshire State Library is the first state library in America and was founded on January 25, 1717.

Beginning May 7, 2021: THE STATE LIBRARY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The New Hampshire State Library is open to the public in accordance with the Governor's Universal Best Practices. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged, and masks are available at the entrance to the building. Appointments are available for those who want to have a scheduled appointment time for their research or would like to reserve a computer or microfilm machine. Call 603-271-2144 or contact us through our Ask a Librarian page to schedule an appointment. Meeting rooms are NOT available yet to outside groups.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

Click here for information related to the IMLS American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received by NHSL in 2021.

STATEWIDE INTERLIBRARY LOAN RESUMES

On September 15, 2020 the NHAIS ILL System will once again be available for participating libraries to place requests with the Quarantine of ILL Materials in place.Please visit http://nhais.blogspot.com/2020/08/plan-for-resuming-ill-service.html for more details. Additional information about libraries and COVID-19 is at http://nhlibrarians.org/covid-19-resources/

2020 Public Library Statistics Released

The 2020 New Hampshire Public Library Statistics collected for the annual report are available.

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For reference or research service, contact the State Library by phone at (603) 271-2144, or through our online Ask a Librarian form
  • All onsite classes, programs, and meeting room eservations are suspended until further notice.
  • Requests to renew materials can be made by phone, (603) 271-2616.

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The Mission of the New Hampshire State Library is to:

  • Promote excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents;
  • Assist 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;
  • Meet the informational needs of New Hampshire state, county and municipal governments and its libraries;
  • Serve as a resource center for New Hampshire.

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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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