Government Information

Celebrating 110 Years as a Federal Depository Library

Posted September 13, 2017

University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library celebrates 110 years in the US Government Publishing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). UNH became a US depository in 1907 due to its status as a land-grant institution. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895, though the program's roots can be traced back to the act of Congress dated December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140), which stated that one copy of the journals and documents of the Senate and House must be sent to each university, college, and historical society in each state.

The FDLP ensures that the public has free access to Federal documents in approximately 1,150 participating libraries across the United States. These libraries, in partnership with GPO, work in support of Keeping America Informed. In 2015, Dimond Library became the first depository library in New Hampshire to receive a Depository Library Spotlight.

The UNH Library is proud to have served UNH and the broader community in providing access to tens of thousands of Congressional and federal agency publications. We also provide expert assistance in navigating digital copies of historical and current US government publications through sources such as govinfo, GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, and the UNH library catalog. The UNH Library looks forward to continuing to serve our communities by providing access to and service for FDLP-supplied government resources, which are complemented by many commercial databases and websites.

To commemorate this anniversary, several exhibits are being planned to enhance awareness of the range of government publications available in our collection or online.

Government Information Displays

Throughout the fall semester we'll be displaying historical publications, posters, illustrated books, and more. Explore the main level (level 3) of Dimond Library or follow @unhlibrary on Twitter to see what we have.

Constitution Week

Coinciding with the opening of the lobby exhibit is Constitution Week (September 17-23, 2017), which will be the focus of our rotating display. We’ll have a colorful Constitution-related jigsaw puzzle available in the Addison Reading Room for people to work on and enjoy.

Featured Resource: Pomological Watercolor Collection

Posted August 31, 2016

Government Information presents its latest featured resource, the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection.

These pomological paintings were created in response to the rise of fruit breeding and production by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the mid 1800's. The site includes over 7,000 paintings that document fruits and their variety. These paintings were used in bulletins and yearbooks which were distributed to farmers and growers.

These paintings are now preserved in the National Agricultural Library and used for research. The digitized versions are available in high definition and are free to view and download.

Readers can learn more about the history of this collection, the artists, and find paintings of specific fruits using their common or scientific name.

Visit our Government Information page to learn more about our collections, services, and more.

The New Responsible Conduct of Research Library Guide

Posted August 9, 2016

The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Scholarly Activity Committee has released its new Responsible Conduct of Research Library Guide.

Topics include: animal care and use, authorship and publication, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, hazardous materials, human subjects, intellectual property, mentoring, misconduct, and peer review.

Each topic page in the RCR Library Guide contains:

  • Contact information for a key person at UNH
  • Information about any relevant UNH board/committee
  • A link to UNH's web-based instructional module on the topic
  • Current stories/blog posts/articles on the topic
  • A variety of resources, sorted by type: key documents, federal, UNH, academic, general, YouTube, cases, and books
  • Links to relevant articles in the PLOS Ten Simple Rules Collection

Additional topics slated to be added to the guide in the upcoming months include export controls, scientific communication, and social responsibility. If you know of a resource that you think appropriate to be added in a current topic section, please email Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services.

The new RCR Library Guide is the latest in a series of research ethics resources developed by the RCR Committee. They include:

For more information about the RCR Library Guide or the RCR Program, please contact Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services at (603) 862-2003.