November 20, 2017

2017 Van Delivery Survey December 4-8

Hello, everyone.  The state library’s van delivery service needs your help!  Because the van service is financed with LSTA funding, our annual report to the government must explain how these funds are used.  So we’re asking that every library participate in this year’s Van Delivery Statistics Survey, the week of December 4-8, 2017.

The survey just requires a simple count of items that you send out on each of your van pickup days.  

The online survey is available online at:             

Please print the form, fill it out on your van pickup days the week of December 4 - 8, and return it by van OR by email to  

If you deliver your items to another library for pick up, please count these items before dropping them off and complete the statistics form using those numbers.

If you have questions, you can call me at 603-271-3302 or email me at  Charles.Shipman@DNCR.NH.Gov.

Thank you,

Charles Shipman
Supervisor, Reference Section
New Hampshire State Library

November 7, 2017

Book repair classes coming in May

By popular demand, free book repair classes will be offered in New Hampshire again next spring.  Kary Barth from Kapco will conduct the classes on Wednesday, May 9, in Littleton (1 p.m.); Thursday, May 10, in Merrimack (9 a.m.) and Hooksett (2 p.m.); and Friday, May 11, in Marlboro (10 a.m.).  Further details will be provided when registration opens in March.

November 3, 2017

Van Delivery Service - November 2017 News

The New Hampshire State Library will be closed on the following days in the month of November:

Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 24, 2017, Day after Thanksgiving

There will be NO VAN DELIVERY on those dates.

For a complete list of all of the holidays the State Library is closed, please visit (the van delivery instructions) and scroll down to "NO Van Service".

If for any other reason (e.g. bad weather) van service on a particular route(s) does not operate, libraries will be notified via an e-mail message and this blog. If your library does not receive van service on a particular day, please check your e-mail and this blog before calling the State Library.

Please remember to properly label each item which you are sending via the Van Delivery Service. This will help ensure these items make it to the correct destination in a timely manner.

If you need a refresher on how items should be marked for the van, please refer to the Van Delivery Service - Instructions,, and scroll down to number 3 of the guidelines, "Addressing material to be sent on the van".

To print a current van directory list arranged in alphabetical order by library, please use the PDF version which is available at
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this pdf file. If you do not have it installed on your machine, you may down load it for free from

Due to the ever increasing load of materials transported by the New Hampshire State Library van delivery system, our vans can reach maximum capacity before the end of a van route, especially following long weekends and holidays. Our drivers can decline to accept materials if they feel they cannot fit them safely on their van. We are also asking libraries to please be aware of volume during times when there is likely to be a problem. You should prioritize your materials to be picked up, in case some items must be left until the next van pick up. That will allow us to immediately transport the most important items as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions you may contact Charles Shipman at 271-3302.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

November 2, 2017

Survey Deadline Extended

Because the recent storm left several NH libraries without power/internet access, we have extended the deadline for responding to the Next NHU-PAC survey to 11:45pm on Sunday, November 12, 2017. 
You will find the survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete at 

Consequently, it will be late November before results will be published. As of our original closing date the survey had 360+ responses. If yours wasn't one of them you have another chance to share your thoughts about what the Next NHU-PAC should be like.

November 1, 2017

OCLC number searches

Searches for OCLC numbers in the NHU-PAC are not currently working as they should.  We're working to get them to function correctly, so you just have to enter the numbers.

For now, you'll need to include the 2- or 3-letter prefix that goes with the number, and, for numbers with fewer than 8 digits, add enough zeroes to turn them into 8-digit numbers.  Thus, to search for OCLC# 2, enter ocm00000002.  Numbers up to 8 digits long have the prefix ocm, 9-digit numbers use the prefix ocn, and the new 10-digit numbers have on.


Again, we're working to get this corrected soon so you can just enter the numbers and not worry about prefixes.

October 31, 2017

Survey Deadline Reminder

Tonight at midnight the Next NHU-PAC Survey will close. If you haven't completed it yet please do so today. We want to get input from as many people in the NH Library community as possible.

You will find the survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete at 

October 30, 2017

Van Delivery Monday October 30

The NC van driver has decided to turn around and return home this morning due to dangerous road conditions.  She was going to try to make her NC stops later in the day if weather/road conditions permit.  Not sure if you'll get your delivery today or not.  All other vans are out making their deliveries.

Brief NHU-PAC outage Tue 10/31 7:35am

The NHU-PAC will be offline for about 10 minutes starting at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31.  This interruption is for scheduled server maintenance.  Also expect a less-than-minute interruption of the NHU-PAC ILL program at 9 a.m.

October 25, 2017

No SW Van, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The SW Van Delivery Route is cancelled for today, Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  The affected libraries are:

Dartmouth College, Hanover
River Valley Community College, Claremont

Sorry for any inconvenience.