FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2020
Lori Fisher, N.H. State Library
NH State Library re-opens to the public; scheduled appointments encouraged
The New Hampshire State Library is once again open to the public, with parameters in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, the State Library has continued to offer library services that do not require face-to-face interaction, including fielding reference questions, providing digital materials and offering professional development support to public and school libraries throughout the state.
Opening to the public will allow the library to again provide on-site patron-driven services as well, including access to genealogy resources, microfilm and other materials in its collection of more than 600,000 items.
The State Library is currently open by appointment Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 4 p.m. Appointments will be scheduled on the half hour in 30- and 60-minute sessions. In order to enact cleaning protocols, times will be strictly adhered to.
State libraries across the U.S. are initiating limited duration appointments as a way of balancing access to materials with patron and employee safety.
Patrons are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments in advance by contacting the State Library through its “Ask a Librarian” service, available at nh.gov/nhsl or by calling 603-271-2144. Walk-up appointments may also be accommodated but will depend on availability.
The State Library continues to encourage patrons needing assistance with reference questions to use the “Ask a Librarian” service.
In keeping with Center for Disease Control recommendations, anyone entering the State Library will be required to wear a mask; patrons who do not have their own masks will be provided with one.
Social distancing recommendations of six feet of space between patrons and the staff will also be in effect.
Part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the N.H. State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting 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; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit nh.gov/nhsl.