Dimond Library

Donald Hall's 90th Birthday Celebration

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 bill.ross@unh.edu

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

Multimedia Center Updates

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.

Summer Series Movie Collection

Posted June 19, 2018

Monsters & Machines Inspired Display

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!

A Trip to the 1800s - Movie Display

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.

Photography Exhibit on NH Cultural Diversity

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.

Library Welcomes William D. Adams

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

National Nutrition Month Display

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!

Citation Workshop Series Spring 2018

Posted January 29, 2018

Join us for a series of hands-on learning activities using citation management tools, techniques, and strategies. Bring your laptop!

All sessions in Dimond Library 235 (capacity = 24)

Spring Schedule


Date/Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. February 5
Presenter: Eugenia Liu


Date/Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. February 8
Presenter: Kathrine Aydelott


Date/Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. February 15
Presenter: Ben Peck


Date/Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. February 19
Presenter: Eugenia Liu


Date/Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. March 1
Presenter: Kathrine Aydelott


Date/Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. March 6
Presenter: Megan Bresnahan


Date/Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. March 23
Presenter: Kathrine Aydelott

Workshop Series Spring 2018

Posted January 19, 2018

Join us for a series of hands-on learning activities using tools, techniques, and strategies. Bring your laptop!

Spring Schedule

Some of these opportunities are eligible for one point toward the CEITL Participation Certificate. See CEITL's website for a list of included events.

The CEITL Participation Certificate recognizes participation in a variety of teaching- and learning-related activities, demonstrating a commitment to promote the highest quality of student learning through implementation of best practices in college teaching.

Finding & Accessing Data for Reuse

Location: Dimond Library 235
Date/Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. February 15
Presenter: Louise Buckley

This hands-on workshop focuses on datasets available through ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Social & Political Research). Other sources for data will also be discussed, with an emphasis on social sciences and health data.

Active Citizenship

Location: Dimond Library 235
Date/Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m. February 21
Presenters: Megan Bresnahan and Ben Peck

Take this non-partisan opportunity to discuss voting rights, and discover how to find out who your national, state, and local representatives are, how to contact them, and what issues are actively on their agendas. Critical knowledge for the start of an election year!

Teaching with Primary Sources & Rare Books

Location: Dimond Library 235
Date/Time: 12:40-2:00 p.m. March 1
Presenter: Bill Ross

Archives, special collections, and rare books provide wide-ranging sources for original research; however, the traditional class visit “show & tell” often does not promote meaningful student engagement and learning. Increasingly, archivists and librarians are using active learning techniques to promote student-centered, hands-on learning and reflection in a variety of disciplines. We will demonstrate both the techniques used to promote the desired learning outcomes, and discuss strategies for introducing active learning and exercises/assignments using primary resources into the classroom.

Power Searching Google Scholar & Google Books

Location: Dimond 235
Date/Time: 2:15-3:15 p.m. March 20
Presenter: Louise Buckley

Are you getting all you can when searching Google Scholar or Google Books? Come to this session for tips on how to better use and search these resources.

Getting Started with Genealogy

Location: Dimond 235
Date/Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. March 30
Presenter: Kathrine Aydelott

Hearing all the talk about genealogy and want to get in on the fun? This workshop, aimed at beginners, will dispel myths and introduce tools and strategies for starting what can be a life-long research project.

Open Access Browser Plugins

Location: Dimond 235
Date/Time: 12:10-12:40 p.m. April 16

OA Button, Unpaywall, and other browser plugins make it easy to find open access versions of research articles. We’ll walk through installation and use of these helpful tools.