Using the Library

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the New Hampshire Historical Society library is implementing the following safety measures:

  • The New Hampshire HIstorical Society library is open by appointment only, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 pm. 
  • Researchers must make advance appointments.
  • Researchers and staff must wear masks covering the nose and mouth. Masks will be provided by the Society for those who do not have one.
  • Researchers and staff must maintain 6-foot distance between other people. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances to the Society. Researchers are required to use hand sanitizer when entering the Society.
  • The Society is limiting the number of researchers to three people from different households, with one researcher at each table. If researchers are working in pairs from the same household, they will be considered one researcher, and placed together at one table. 
  • Tables, chairs, and other commonly used surfaces will be cleaned after each researcher. 
  • Researchers are encouraged to notify the Society what materials they would like to access prior to their visit. This will allow staff to pull material in advance, maximizing the researcher's time at the Society. Some material may not be available without advance notification.
  • Researchers will not be allowed to pull any items, including material in the reading room. Staff will pull all material.
  • Library staff will complete all photocopy requests, which must be made 30 minutes before the appointment time ends. Material will not be returned to patrons once photocopies have been completed.
  • The only personal items allowed within the library are laptops, tablets, cell phones, cameras, and the accompanying power cords.
  • Pencils and paper will be provided.
  • Lockers are available and will be sanitized after each use. Patrons wishing to store their personal items in a locker will be assigned a locker upon their arrival at the Society. No unpacking will be allowed in the library.
  • Cashless transactions are preferred. Admission to the library is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members; $7 per adult for nonmembers. 
  • No food or drink is allowed in the library.
  • Researchers must obtain permission to publish items from the New Hampshire Historical Society's collections, and properly cite all materials used in any publications. This includes online publication. Please contact the librarian for more information. 
  • The New Hampshire Historical Society reserves the right to impose other regulations or restrictions it judges suitable in any individual situation.

How to Make an Appointment

To make an appointment email research@nhhistory.org or call 603-228-6688. When making a reservation, please provide your name, home address, telephone, email, the date and time you with to visit, and the material you would like to access. Researchers will be sent a confirmation email or receive a confirmation phone call prior to their visit.

Make an Appointment

Ask a Librarian

The Society's librarians are also available to provide guidance and additional information about the Society's collections either by email or phone. The Society also offers research services for a fee.

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Research Services