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New Hampshire libraries are working to fix interlibrary loan automation, which has been out of commission since December.


State Librarian Michael York says the basement of the State Library in Concord is where to find the depot for interlibrary loan in New Hampshire.


“The library system supports one another by lending materials,” York said.  



That means transporting hundreds of thousands of books a year. But there’s a problem: the computer system that helps automate the process broke.


“This is a major problem for us,” York said. “The automated aspect of interlibrary loan has been a key feature since we automated in the early-80s.”


The show goes on though, it just means librarians are doing much more manual work to get your book to you. That means extra emails and phone calls from library to library to coordinate book distribution.

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What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to comfort others and reduce the stigma of addiction in New Hampshire.

After her daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2014, Anne Marie Zanfagna painted a pink-and-purple portrait as a way to heal and remember her daughter's beauty and vibrancy. Since then, the Plaistow woman has painted more than 80 portraits for other families, and they're on display this month at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

Traveling Auschwitz-Birkenau Exhibit Stops In N.H.

Mar 4, 2013
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A new exhibit that takes a closer look at what happened at a notorious Nazi death camp opened at the New Hampshire State Library today.

The exhibit, which is traveling the country on loan from Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, includes a set of 31 posters featuring photos of the horrific conditions at the death camp. 

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The State Library in Concord has completed renovations in its second floor Map Room and, this summer the public will find an exhibit there called “Shaping our Heritage: Celebrating Traditional Arts Apprenticeships in New Hampshire.”

The first thing you notice when you walk into the State Library’s map room is the natural light.  It pours in from the white laminate skylights of the arched coffered ceiling.  Every item on display, lining the perimeter walls and the center installations, is accompanied by photographs of the artists always in pairs.