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New Hampshire State Library
Library Services and Technology Act Five Year Plan, 2002 - 2007 (October 2002) - TOC - Demographics Narrative

New Hampshire's population can be characterized as overwhelmingly white, affluent and well educated. Recent reports reveal that New Hampshire has the lowest level of poverty among the states and is the sixth wealthiest state based on median household income. The New Hampshire State Library helps address its citizens' need for skills relating to finding, evaluating and using information effectively. According to 2002 New Hampshire public library statistics, one out of three New Hampshire citizens used the library during 2001. One in 20 visited their local library electronically. In a predominantly rural state where 59% of its communities have a population between 1,000 - 5,000 people, it is so crucial that New Hampshire's libraries be fully equipped to deliver the benefits of information technologies and to convey the riches of our past to all our citizens. The New Hampshire State Library exists (1) to ensure access to quality library service for New Hampshire's libraries, (2) to help libraries enter the 21st century strong enough to nurture the human intellect in a new and complex age, and (3) to enable all people in New Hampshire to reach their full potential.
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