UNH Provides a 21st Century Research Library

Research libraries have changed significantly over the past decade and continue to evolve. Today’s research libraries focus on sharing expertise and providing services that help users access and evaluate information, while a short time ago the focus was solely on physical collections and the library as a place. The information revolution means that no single library collects all the materials that a given researcher needs, so libraries today provide new collection models that ensure timely access while also curating unique legacy print collections.

How has this transformation played out at UNH? Here are some of the service improvements we have made:

We provide information resources.
The UNH library ensures timely access to information by collecting materials in a variety of formats, building strong inter-institution collection sharing arrangements, providing a robust interlibrary borrowing and document delivery service, and building collections based on user need.

We make searching easy.
By moving from a traditional library catalog to a best-of-breed library search box and ensuring our collections are discoverable via Google Scholar, Google and other mainstream search options, users can easily find what they need in the way that works best for them.

We advocate for open practices.
We educate about and promote sustainable, fair, and ethical scholarly practices as embodied in open access publishing, open science, open data, and open educational resources. Open scholarly practices help ensure that everyone has access to information, not just those who can afford to pay.

We increase information literacy.
Librarians teach information, data, news, and visual literacy skills—vital tools in today’s information abundant (and sometimes suspect) world.

We share our expertise.
Librarians provide expertise on data management, scholarly communication, open educational resources, copyright compliance, licensing, metadata management, and digital content creation. Librarians support the success of students and faculty through collection development, curriculum integrated instruction, and in-depth research consultation.

We facilitate learning.
We help library users become information experts in today’s challenging information environment through classes, workshops, and other co-curricular programming.

We contribute to the global information ecosystem.
The UNH Library ensures that scholars have access to the resources they need by participating in collaborations such as HathiTrust, the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), RAPID interlibrary loan, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

We preserve and showcase scholarship.
The UNH Library curates the scholarly output of the University of New Hampshire through our Scholars’ Repository, and stewards the rich cultural heritage of the state of New Hampshire through our Special Collections and Archives, and our Digital Collections.

We create spaces with user needs in mind.
The UNH Library offers a variety of spaces for technological exploration, interdisciplinary inquiry, quiet and contemplative work, and collaboration.

Our resources and expertise are available from anywhere.
The UNH Library makes sure you can access the library any time, from anywhere: your dorm, office, home, or across the globe.