News & Exhibits

October 13, 2015

We are currently experiencing an issue with the JSTOR database. They have been notified of the issue, and are working to resolve the authentication problem as quickly as possible.

Please Ask A Librarian if you need help with your research.

October 8, 2015

In celebration of Halloween, there is now a very scary film display in the Multimedia Room (Dimond, Level 2)!

The display includes:

...and many more films that are guaranteed to spook you to the bones!

This display will be up for the entire month of October, so be sure to bring your friends and be ready to get scared!

October 6, 2015

Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire Library seeks a creative, innovative and dynamic specialist librarian to join our team and support research and instruction in geospatial information and earth sciences. The Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian will lead efforts to acquire, provide access to and services for geospatial information and data resources, including geographic information system (GIS) and maps in all formats.

UNH is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with emphases on undergraduate and graduate research and state-wide STEM education initiatives. As liaison to the Department of Earth Sciences and other assigned subject areas, this position will develop and deliver responsive reference, research and instructional support, develop and manage library collections and work with teaching and research faculty and other liaison librarians. Working both independently and collaboratively, the Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian will support the library’s Geospatial Services Center, natural sciences and scholarly communication initiatives with special focus on liaison areas.

Reporting to the Dean of the University Library through the Library Faculty Chair, this is a 12-month tenure-track faculty status position. Responsibilities include research, publication and service to meet both the Library’s and Universities requirements for tenure and promotion. The minimum salary will be $72,320 with a competitive benefits package for the rank of Assistant Professor.

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

For a full job description and application process, please visit

Review of applications will begin October 26, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

September 2, 2015

We will be updating the Library web site on Friday, September 4th, at 8:00 am. The site may be down for up to one hour.

While the site is down, you can access these systems directly: