Membership Information

Who can join NHLA?

Any individual associated with libraries in New Hampshire may join, from library staff to trustees and members of Friends organizations. Students who are studying towards their Masters in Library Science may join for a nominal annual fee. A lifetime individual membership category is also available. Vendors may join NHLA as corporate members. Membership is for the calendar year, January through December. To join or renew your membership, please register online or download the current membership application.

Discounted NELA Membership Also Available

NHLA is excited to pilot an “Extended Membership” with NELA (New England Library Association).  NHLA members can now take advantage of paying one low fee of $20 a year ($15 a year for students) to become a NELA member, in addition to your regular NHLA membership.  If you are already a NELA member, there is no need to wait for your NELA renewal date – pay the “extended membership” price and your NELA membership will extend for another year.  Please note that there is no extended institutional membership; this discount is for individual members only.

What does NHLA do for New Hampshire libraries and librarians?

Support – NHLA members receive the benefit of NHLA’s advocacy efforts in the state legislature, the Governor’s office, and other areas of state government to assure that New Hampshire’s libraries

  • receive necessary support and resources from the New Hampshire State Library (such as ILL van service and free or reduced charge access to online database subscriptions),
  • have important local library issues recognized on the state level when necessary.

Education – NHLA offers its members scholarships and interest-free loans for graduate study as well as mini-grants for professional development. Members also receive reduced registration rates for a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year, designed to help library staff at all levels keep up with the ever-changing world of information science and maintain the excellence that New Hampshire residents have come to expect from their libraries.

Information – NHLA members receive regular updates on national and state news and information that affects New Hampshire’s libraries through the NHLA web site, blogs, and other electronic communications from the seven NHLA sections (Academic, CHILIS, IT, READS, Small Libraries, YALS, and URBANS).

Growth – NHLA members have access to numerous opportunities for networking and involvement through NHLA sections. These opportunities to plan meetings, develop educational programming, evaluate trends, and develop resources for other NHLA members help prepare library staff for leadership roles within their own libraries.

NHLA is the voice for libraries in New Hampshire. Please consider adding your voice to our current membership of 500+ individuals.  For more information, please contact any member of the executive board.

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