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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.

NH STATE LIBRARY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC STARTING 3/17/2020

Due to the current NH State of Emergency directives regarding COVID-19, the New Hampshire State Library will be closed to the public beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday 3/17/2020. This closure will remain in place until further notice. At this time, library services are available by phone, email or by accessing our online collections and resources through our website, www.nh.gov/nhsl. NH State Library staff will continue to provide technical and professional services to the libraries in the state.

STATEWIDE INTERLIBRARY LOAN SUSPENDED

Please visit nhais.blogspot.com/2020/03/nh-state-library-suspends-statewide.html for more detailed information and FAQs about the suspension, and note that more information will be forthcoming from NHAIS Services.

MORE INFORMATION

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.

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR NH LIBRARIANS

Article on how to sanitize collections from American Libraries Magazine, 3/27/2020:

americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/how-to-sanitize-collections-covid-19

NH Governor's list of essential services relative to Executive Order #17 (added 3/27/2020):

www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/documents/emergency-order-17.pdf Adobe Acrobate

NH Department of Justice issues Scam Alert related to COVID-19 (added 3/27/2020):

www.doj.nh.gov/news/2020/20200326-covid-scam-alert.htm Adobe Acrobate

Updates for Public Library Data Survey due to COVID-19 (added 3/26/2020):

www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/documents/PLDS_COVID19_changes3_26_20.pdf Adobe Acrobate

Multi-lingual communication signs for libraries (added 3/25/2020):

www.alia.org.au/australian-libraries-responding-covid-19#Languages

NH Governor's Emergency Orders pertaining to COVID-19:

www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders

NH Governor’s memo 3/16/2020 regarding public bodies and the Right-to-Know law during the pandemic (Important for Library Trustees):

www.governor.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt336/files/documents/rsa-91-a.pdf Adobe Acrobate

CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines:

**please do NOT combine cleaning materials – there is a very good chance you can combine chemicals into something hazardous!!

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

CDC – Properties of an ideal disinfectant:

www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/tables/table2.html

ALA Pandemic Preparedness Resources:

www.ala.org/tools/atoz/pandemic-preparedness?fbclid=IwAR2J59xGbgh63LoFXNq_PeMrV1SRcJ2ICg4Uyxv0DnCcAhAWVfkHe466O8s

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – COVID-19 on surfaces (3/17/2020):

www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces

Source article:

www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973

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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 ampshire.

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