- Promote excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents;
- Assist libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system;
- Meet the informational needs of New Hampshire state, county and municipal governments and its libraries;
- Serve as a resource center for New Hampshire.
Both floors I saw have ceilings high enough to accommodate a mezzanine level of stacks. A few special items that caught my eye were an original brick from Independence Hall, a copy of the State Seal perhaps 8 feet in diameter that looked as if it might sometimes be used for an outdoor display or parade float; and a relief map of New Hampshire that must be close to 20 feet tall. A very large card catalog bears a sign that it was "closed" in 1990; since then the catalog has been computer-based.
Walls, floors, and ceilings are elaborate and classical. On the stairs to the second floor, the landings are of tile that reminds me of pictures I have seen of Pompeii.
There is a children's area with historical books and children's books with a New Hampshire connection, as well as winners of various State book awards. I did not see this area, but if I come back I'll be sure to allow time and make the needed arrangements.
The staff persons I spoke to were pleasant and helpful. If I were a resident of New Hampshire I would be looking for reasons to come here, just to sit at the venerable tables and feel a part of the on-going history of the state.
More information about the library is available at http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/index.html and there is a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nhstatelibrary?fref=ts
5/20/2015 car and walking, with Mary