About Us

Mission

The UNH Library supports the University’s charter as New Hampshire’s land, sea, and space grant institution, embraces the University’s liberal arts tradition, and connects all, while embodying the values of the campus community. As the intellectual common ground, we offer services in information and data literacy, discovery of and access to information resources and knowledge, and vibrant community spaces to support the public good.

Vision

As a trusted academic and community partner for the University and beyond, the UNH Library is recognized as an inclusive, dynamic center for developing independent learners and fostering world-class scholarship in an evolving environment of services, technologies, and critical information literacies.

Values

As a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the UNH Library supports the ALA’s statement on Core Values of Librarianship and abides by the ALA’s Code of Professional Ethics. The UNH Library’s values are articulated and reflected in the following documents:

UNH Diversity Statement

The University of New Hampshire is committed to building and nurturing an environment of inclusive excellence where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive.  We also are committed to providing open and inclusive access for all alumni, volunteers, learners, employees, and visitors seeking to participate in our programs and activities.  We venture to sustain a campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding.  We believe diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission and embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves.  Here, you belong and all are welcome.

UNH Community, Equity, and Diversity

About the Library

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The UNH Library supports the educational and research activities of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of New Hampshire while serving New Hampshire residents as a research-level library and depository for US and NH government publications. The UNH Library includes the main Dimond Library, three branch libraries for physical sciences and engineering, and a library storage facility. Dimond Library houses collections in the social sciences, humanities, business, health and human services, education, earth sciences, and government documents (including maps). Dimond Library is also the home of the Dimond Academic Commons, the Douglas and Helena Milne Special Collections and Archives, and the University Museum.

The UNH Library has over 2.8 million print and electronic items, approximately 105,850 current print and electronic serial subscriptions, and over 100,000 media titles. Its holdings are supplemented by access to the collections of the Boston Library Consortium members as well as libraries across the country, through interlibrary loan. The UNH Library is also active in digitizing, preserving, and making accessible materials in its collections with over 22,400 objects in its digital collections. The institutional repository includes over 20,600 records. The UNH Library shares resources with the campus library at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and collaborates with the UNH School of Law library.

Library locations offer wireless internet access, computer workstations, individual study and collaborative group work spaces, and assistance by knowledgeable librarians and staff. As part of a public university, the UNH Library is open to all.