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:

Vision for a Healthy Work Environment

Community Standards

Library Service Philosophy

Diversity and Inclusion

To our campus community,

The UNH Library welcomes and supports all UNH students, faculty, staff, and community members regardless of one’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, class, religion, disability, age, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or veteran, marital, or citizenship status. We celebrate diversity within our campus community and recognize that embracing the values of inclusion and equity for all makes us stronger.

The UNH Library honors the values of our profession and our University by upholding your rights to open and free access to information tools and resources, privacy and confidentiality, the exchange of ideas, and learning environments that are free of discrimination, harassment, and intimidation. We continue to collect and preserve scholarship that is inclusive of many voices and experiences. We reaffirm these beliefs, values, and our role in our community by providing opportunities for discourse, reflection, and learning in our virtual and physical spaces.

The faculty and staff of the UNH Library are committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. We pledge to act in solidarity with our community members by:

  • Listening to you
  • Educating ourselves actively and continuously
  • Responding when we witness discrimination, harassment, bullying, and intimidation
  • Upholding the UNH Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Policy
  • Serving as accountable partners, especially to those who have been oppressed, made vulnerable, or marginalized, as we design, revise, and implement library policies and practices

We invite you to approach us - to use our library buildings and resources, to talk with us, to ask for help, and to share your feedback about the library. We encourage you to work with us to create an inclusive, collaborative, safe and welcoming space for all in our community, a space where people feel emboldened to learn and grow and thrive.

Our library is for everyone. You belong here.

About the Library

Fast Facts: UNH Library Services FY20

Fast Facts: UNH Library Collections FY20

UNH Provides a 21st Century Research Library

Contact Us

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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.