The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service offered by the State Library is at risk due to a request by the state legislature to report on the possibility of using the federal funds that support this program for other undefined purposes. Our objective is to present enough evidence about the importance of the ILL service such that the Finance Committees will drop any further consideration that the federal funds supporting this program might be used for any other purpose. The ILL program is an exceptionally efficient service enhancing the ability of libraries around the state to provide their patrons with a much wider spectrum of books than each could afford. It is important that we trustees act as individual boards, and as a statewide organization, to express our strong support of the ILL program and our desire to maintain at a minimum the current level of funding for this service.

What can you do now to save the ILL van service?

  1. Have your board send a letter of support to:  Michael York, NH State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301-6314.
  2. Collect signatures on a petition from your patrons and send them to the same address. These need to be in to Michael by November 23rd. Keep a copy of the petitions as well. CML’s petition is on the circulation desk; sign it and encourage others in the community to sign it.
  3. If you have patrons with stories about the benefits they have gotten from ILL, ask them for letters outlining their stories and send them to Michael York. “Michael York” <>  or Michael York, NH State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301-6314
  4. For the highest impact, write your legislators, at the House and Senate level, to express your concern and ask for their support. To know who your representatives are, click here and share the petitions and stories with them. Their meetings on this matter should take place in October through mid November.   Suggested text of letters or emails below:

“The New Hampshire State Library Inter Library Loan System depends on the regular, efficient van service funded directly by a Federal grant. Continuation of this service is severely threatened by a recently passed amendment to the state budget. I, as a citizen/taxpayer of the State of New Hampshire, request that the funding for the ILL vans not be changed and that this program be maintained at its current level of service, essential for the health of public libraries in New Hampshire.”

5.    Sign up to the NH Library Trustees Association list server for updates on the status of this project, to support their efforts on our behalf, and for new information.

For more information, click here.

Calling all NH libraries and citizens to SAVE THE VANS
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3 thoughts on “Calling all NH libraries and citizens to SAVE THE VANS

  • October 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

    NOOOOO. It can’t happen.

  • December 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    An update:
    On November 30th, State Librarian Michael York submitted a requested report to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Finance Committee regarding the possibility of reallocating federal funds that support the interlibrary loan (ILL) van service. Here is the link to that report:

    Besides his narrative report detailing why the ILL system is so important to the residents of New Hampshire, Michael submitted 18,000 petition signatures as well as hundreds of letters from library trustees and library patrons from all parts of the state.
    At this time the House Finance Committee has not communicated any further concerns or requests to either Michael or the NHLA lobbyist. The Committee,after reviewing the report, may request public hearings on the matter later this winter. If public hearings are scheduled, an appropriate strategy for promoting the importance of the ILL service at those hearings will be developed.

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