About NHLA

NHLA is committed to networking, professional growth and advocating for the future of New Hampshire libraries. NHLA is a professional association of library personnel, trustees, and library supporters whose purpose is: 

  • To advance the interests of its members through advocacy on library issues and increasing public awareness of library service. 
  • To support the professional development of its members. 
  • To foster communication and encourage the exchange of ideas among its members. 
  • To promote participation in the association and its sections.  

From the President 

On behalf of the NHLA Executive Board, I am pleased to announce the approval of an organizational Strategic Plan. The New Hampshire Library Association, founded in 1889, has not had an official, written strategic plan to guide the Executive Board as it makes decisions on a regular basis about resource allocation. This initial plan will carry us through December of 2023 and codifies what the Association is already doing, and promotes future planning both in a financial sense and in a practical sense since we are an all-volunteer-run organization. 

The plan was compiled by a subcommittee consisting of seven members of the Executive Board with data from four surveys which were from our executive board members, NHLA Sections, our membership and the general library public (non-members) of the association. 

A two-year plan and keeping it to only two pages was decided upon to follow along with officer terms of three years, thus our Vice-President has a structure to start their term and can continue their work as President. It is also more manageable for our first plan so that we can be successful. 

You can view the Strategic Plan here and the survey data here: Members, Non-Members, Executive Board, Sections

We thank you for all that you do for NHLA and your library communities!


Denise van Zanten, NHLA President 2022

News and Events

View Upcoming Events HereWelcome to the New NHLA Website! Members who should be trained to edit their Committee or Section pages, please contact Yvette Couser to sign up for training. 

Are you concerned about the increase of book challenges and bannings on the local news? Worried about what your library will do when the battle for intellectual freedom comes to your door? Would you like to educate yourself and help your fellow librarians protect intellectual freedom? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please consider joining NHLA's newly formed Intellectual Freedom Committee. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm. Contact co-Chairs Julia Lanter and Lauren Rettig for more information. 



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 1)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), and 2) have important local library issues recognized on the state level when necessary. 


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. 


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 NHLA sections. 


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.