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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.

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/

JULY 6, 2020: THE STATE LIBRARY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT

The New Hampshire State Library is now open to the public by appointment only, with parameters in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Appointments are available for 30- and 60-minute sessions between 8:30-11:30am and 12:30-4pm Monday through Friday.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments in advance by calling 603-271-2144 or contacting us through our Ask a Librarian page.

In keeping with Center for Disease Control recommendations, anyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask; patrons who do not have their own mask will be provided one. Social distancing recommendations of six feet of space between patrons and staff will also be in effect.

2019 Public Library Statistics Released

The 2019 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.
  • Items to be returned to the State Library should be kept by the borrower at this time until we reopen, or if you are a state employee, returned via interoffice mail.
  • 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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