News & Exhibits

Posted September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 4-6 p.m.
Special Collections Reading Room
(Dimond Library, room 101)

The library will celebrate what would have been poet Donald Hall’s 90th birthday on Thursday, September 20th. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite Donald Hall poem, read it, and briefly talk about what it means to them. Professor Emeritus Charles Simic, Hall’s successor as U.S. Poet Laureate, will anchor the reading.

Hall, who died earlier this year, wrote dozens of books of poetry and prose; he was a longtime resident of Wilmot, NH, where he lived at Eagle Pond Farm. Hall graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford and taught at the University of Michigan. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and served as New Hampshire poet laureate from 1984-1989 and 1995-1999 before being named the 2006-2007 U.S. poet laureate.

The UNH Library’s Special Collections and Archives houses the Donald Hall Collection, which contains his correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera, along with his library of 7,000 volumes of poetry.

For those wanting to celebrate the life and work of this New Hampshire treasure, please feel free to join an afternoon of reading, reminiscence, and discussion of Hall’s poetry. For questions about either the reading or the Donald Hall Collection, please contact Special Collections Librarian Bill Ross at (603) 862-0346 or at

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and birthday cake will be provided.

Posted August 14, 2018

Services & Hours

The Multimedia Center on level 2 in Dimond Library is now open all the hours that the Library is open. All services have been relocated to the Circulation Desk on level 3, and patrons can bring items to the Circulation Desk for check-out. Library staff at the Circulation Desk and Research Center are available to answer questions about the collection. You can also call (603) 862-3125 for assistance.

We hope these changes result in greater accessibility to our multimedia collection.

Borrowing Equipment

Laptops, optical drives, and headphones can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for viewing or listening. Studio 235 is equipped with an 80” TV and surround sound, and can be reserved for media-related activities.

Course Reserves

Multimedia Reserves are now located with print reserves at the Circulation Desk – one stop shopping for all your library reserve needs!

For UNH Faculty

Reserve requests can be submitted at the Circulation Desk or online: Request Course Reserves.

Requests are processed in the order they are received and can take up to 2 weeks to complete.

Posted May 24, 2018

Come visit our newest display in Dimond Library near the main entrance. The display highlights British Literature III: Monsters and Machines, an online summer course taught by professor James Krasner.

The Monsters and Machines course material has a strong connection to our library collection. The library display features the main books explored in the class (Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), as well as movies (Alien, 28 Days Later).

Many secondary sources that focus on monsters and culture were are also added in this display, including items from our Special Collections and Multimedia Center, as well as books in print and electronic format.

Items available to borrow:

Other items on display include:

  • Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; with pictures by Berni Wrightson. This book is a must-see! It features 50 detailed pen and ink illustrations and took the artist, Berni Wrightson, 7 years to complete.
  • Monster Talk - Pop-up book. This book is part of the Carel Chapman Movable Books Collection, which contains over eighteen hundred pop-up and movable books dating from the 1800s to the present.

Come explore the wide variety of items we have in our collection!

Posted April 11, 2018

Stop by the Multimedia Center to borrow a movie today!

Our April movie display features a collection of movies compiled by one of our student workers that will take you on a trip back to the 1800s! The display features 25 films including the following:

Learn more about borrowing multimedia from our collection.

Posted March 21, 2018

April 5—May 31
The University Museum is sponsoring a photography exhibition on the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Granite State. The exhibition features the work of New Hampshire photographer Becky Field, who has been documenting the lives of the state’s immigrant and refugee families since 2012.

In a state known for low cultural diversity, Field uses her camera to illustrate and celebrate the lives of new Americans. She has been welcomed into homes of recent immigrants and refugees and has photographed traditional and sacred ceremonies. A book of her photographs, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity, has won two national awards.

Opening Reception

Thursday, April 12, 5-7 p.m.
University Museum, Dimond Library

Field will discuss her work, and the Himalayan Heritage Music Group will play traditional South Asian music. The event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the University Museum, and UNH Special Collections.

For more information about this exhibit, email Dale Valena or call 603-862-1081.

Posted March 20, 2018

These events are co-sponsored by the UNH Library and the UNH College of Liberal Arts.

The University of New Hampshire will welcome former National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William D. Adams as he discusses NEH’s public humanities work. Adams was appointed chairman of NEH by former President Barack Obama in 2014. Prior to serving at NEH, he was president of Colby College and Bucknell University. He is currently a senior fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Adams recently shared some thoughts about Why the Humanities Matter in an interview with UNH Today.

Event Registration

Register online or call 603-862-1541

Adams will be on campus March 27 and 28 for a presentation and roundtable discussion. Attendance is free for both programs, but advance registration is required.

The Common Good: The Humanities & Public Life

Tuesday, March 27

3:30-6:00 p.m.
Huddleston Ballroom
This presentation will address the ways humanists at universities can bring their perspectives and insights to bear on public life in the United States in these challenging times.

More info: The Common Good: The Humanities & Public Life

Grand Challenges and the Humanities: A Roundtable & Community Discussion

Wednesday, March 28

3:45-6:00 p.m.
Courtyard Reading Room, Dimond Library
The panelists are William Adams; Heidi Bostic, dean of the UNH College of Liberal Arts; and Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

More info: Grand Challenges and the Humanities: A Roundtable & Community Discussion

Posted February 28, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month! To celebrate, Dimond Library will be hosting a display featuring a number of healthy cookbooks and nutrition books for you to browse and borrow throughout the month of March.

The display will include these books and more:

Look for the display near the north elevator on the 3rd floor of Dimond Library!

Posted February 27, 2018

library employees participating in an edit-a-thon

The UNH libraries in Durham, Manchester, and Concord participated in the #1Lib1Ref campaign to add citations to the crowd-sourced encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Eighteen library faculty and staff contributed to the campaign, which ran from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3. The libraries exceeded their goal to add 100 references.

University students often turn to Wikipedia to begin their research. But with thousands of articles containing uncited claims, the goal of #1Lib1Ref is to make Wikipedia a more reliable resource.

The idea of the event is that if every librarian in the world added one reference, Wikipedia would not have any more “citation needed” tags.

“Librarians and library staff are experts on authoritative sources of information, so we wanted to do our part,” said Kimberly Sweetman, associate dean of the UNH Library.

As the flagship campus of the state university system, the UNH Library in Durham teamed up with the UNH Manchester Library and UNH Law Library in Concord to provide proper citations for articles related to New Hampshire. More than one-third of the references added were related to New Hampshire historical figures, cities, and attractions.

“While we are a research library contributing to the scholarship of the university, we are also a state institution, serving the citizens of New Hampshire and representing the state,” Sweetman said.

Participants either worked on their own or attended group edit-a-thons in Durham and Manchester.

The global campaign is organized by Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the encyclopedia.

Posted February 26, 2018

Stop by the Multimedia Center to borrow a movie today!

Our March movie display features movies that won an Oscar for Best Picture from the last 2 decades. The display includes the following and more:

Learn more about borrowing multimedia from our collection.