Milne Room Renovations

June 1, 2015

The Milne Room (New Book Room) in Dimond Library will be closed for renovation from Wednesday, June 3 to Friday, June 19. During the renovation, all materials will be available.

  • New Books will be located in the alcove next to the North Elevator on Level 3
  • Magazines and Newspapers will be located in the Addison Room on Level 3

Be sure to ask a staff person if you need help finding anything.

Banned Books Week - Celebrate your freedom to read

September 29, 2015

This week, from September 27th to October 3rd, the Library encourages you to participate in Banned Books Week, by celebrating your freedom to read.

Banned Books Week is an annual event which aims to bring awareness to the problem of censorship, and to celebrate intellectual freedom.

Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
-ALA on Banned Books Week

The Library has a display in the North Elevator area on Level 3 (Dimond Library) sharing some of most commonly challenged or banned classics. We encourage you to come see our display, and to learn more about how libraries across the country fight for Intellectual Freedom.


Change in the Default Catalog

September 15, 2015

On the afternoon of September 15th, the Library website’s Books & Media Search will default to UNH Library Catalog only, rather than UNH Library and Worldwide (BLC WorldCat).

This change will provide searchers with more immediate access to the UNH library collections, including UNH-owned and accessible ebooks and course reserves.

Researchers wanting to search other libraries’ holdings and to request materials can change the radio button to search UNH Library and Worldwide (BLC WorldCat).

If you have questions or comments about these changes, please contact Elizabeth Slomba.


Bomb Sight - Mapping the WWII Bomb Census

September 15, 2015

Our current Government Information featured resource is Bomb Sight - Mapping the WWII Bomb Census.

Bomb Sight, a project of the British National Archives, allows readers to experience the World War II bombing of London through interactive maps, photographs, and compelling narratives.

The project has scanned original 1940s bomb census maps, geo-referenced the maps and digitally captured the geographical locations of all the falling bombs recorded on the original map.

Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics, and students.

Visit our Government Information page to learn more about other government related services and resources.

Library URL Changes

September 10, 2015

On Friday morning around 8:00 am, the URL will begin to redirect to Currently redirects to


  • = our local library catalog
  • = our library homepage

After Friday morning:

  • = our library homepage
  • = our local library catalog

After Friday morning, if you have old browser bookmarks for, these will take you to the homepage. If you prefer to go directly to the catalog, you will need to update your bookmark to


Pet Therapy in September

September 9, 2015

We are excited to announce that Hamilton, the pet therapy dog, is coming back for more visits this semester. Hamilton will be visiting on Monday and Tuesday, at Dimond Library as well as our branch locations.

His September schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 14th

  • 11:45-1:15 Dimond
  • 1:30-3:00 Kingsbury
  • 3:05-3:45 Physics

Tuesday, September 15th

  • 11:45-12:30 Physics
  • 12:45-1:45 Kingsbury

Monday, September 21st

  • 11:45-1:15 Dimond
  • 1:30-3:00 Kingsbury
  • 3:05-3:45 Physics

Tuesday, September 22nd

  • 11:45-12:30 Physics
  • 12:45-1:45 Kingsbury

Come spend time with Hamilton, to relieve some stress. Catch him at various Library Locations around campus.


Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion

September 3, 2015

September 18 - December 18

Take a peek at what lies beneath, in Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, a new textile exhibition at the University of New Hampshire Museum.

Past exhibitions have focused on lovely gowns and surface details, but Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, the latest effort by guest curator Astrida Schaeffer, lifts skirts and unbuttons bodices to reveal the true ‘Victoria’s secrets’ — the corsets, hoops, bustles and more, that shaped and supported the changing silhouettes of women’s clothes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Some of the foundation garments displayed are designed to reshape the body, while some added to the body to change the profile. Early corsets and their precursors, called “stays,” were stiffened with reeds, cords, or whalebone (actually baleen) as a means of supporting the torso and bust. As technology advanced in the mid-19th century steel boning became the norm and the hourglass figure emerged as a result of steel’s shaping qualities.

According to Schaeffer:

Contrary to urban legend, that didn’t mean fainting ladies and rib removal; the exhibition makes the case that much of what we think we know about what it was like to live in a corset is a myth. In fact women lived quite active lives while corseted and could even be fairly athletic.

Where corsetry physically altered the body, hoops and bustles affected women’s shapes by building out artificially from it with cages of steel and other materials. The exhibition showcases a range of these items, as well as contemporary attitudes towards women's’ fashionably ballooning forms.

The core of the items on view comes from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at UNH, which holds some 700 textile pieces donated to the university by Bowen. These pieces were originally gathered as teaching tools for the home economics dressmaking classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s to the 1940s.

In addition, generous loans from collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses help fill out the story of how women’s clothes were shaped by their underthings.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University Museum and funded in part by the E.Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.

The University Museum, located in the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. Closed November 11, & 26 to 28.

Visit our Museum page for directions, parking information, photos, and more information on the exhibition and related programs.

Media contact: Dale Valena
University Museum, UNH

Participants Needed for Usability Study in September

August 31, 2015

The Library is working to improve the usability of our space and we need your help. The usability study will take approximately one hour in Dimond Library.

For your hour of participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.

Please note:
Current or former UNH library employees will not be eligible for the purposes of this study.
Participants will be asked to wear a GoPro while carrying out tasks during the study.

If you’re interested in helping us with our study, please contact Kristin Parker for more information.

GPO Highlights Dimond in Depository Library Spotlight

August 26, 2015

We are honored to share that Dimond Library is the first depository library in New Hampshire to receive a Depository Library Spotlight.

You can read the Depository Library Spotlight article on Dimond Library in the GPO newsletter. You can also visit our Government Information page to learn more about our resources and services.

We would like to thank and congratulate the Government Information Faculty & Staff, and everyone who aids in creating, promoting, and maintaining this collection.