June 29, 2005
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Library Catalog Now Available Online
online catalog for the New Hampshire Law Library is now available at http://nhll.ipac.dynixasp.com,
for the first time providing the public with electronic access to
a listing of the
library’s legal treatises, journals, case reports and state statutes.
“The on-line catalog is a key into the many legal resources of the
library,” Law Librarian Mary
Searles said. On-line searches for available resources can be conducted by typing in key words for
authors, titles, or subjects. Listings provide the title, author and “call”
number used to find the item in the law library, which is located in the Supreme
Court building at 1 Noble Drive in Concord.
“Other libraries around the country with on-line resources will now be
linking to our catalog which will highlight for users outside our state the
resources available in the New Hampshire Law Library,” Searles said. She added
the new on-line catalog will be “a great benefit to the public, attorneys and
other state agencies, as well. ”
Searles says she hopes the higher visibility of the library’s resources
through the on-line catalog will
result in increased usage of the library by the legal community, students and
members of the public.
Most of the work of converting the libraries paper card catalog to
electronic form was completed by Christine Swan, who was the law librarian from
1993 to 2004 and Kathy Fletcher, now the cataloger at the Pierce Law Center
library in Concord.
In 1716, a
collection of law books belonging to the provincial government formed the first
state library collection. After the State House was built in 1816, a room was
set aside for the library. For a time, the Secretary of State also served as the
State Librarian. In 1895, a separate building was constructed to house the State
Library and the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
In 1943, the State Library separated out its legal materials and created
a Law Division of the State Library. It served as the Law Library for many
years. In 1970, the current Supreme Court building was constructed, and the Law
Division of the State Library moved, along with the New Hampshire Supreme Court,
to the Supreme Court building.
In 1994, the legislature transferred administration of the Law Division
of the State Library to the Judicial Branch, under the Supreme Court, thereby
creating the New Hampshire Law Library.
The Law Library contains 94,000 volumes of legal materials.
These materials include current and superceded New Hampshire laws, NH
session laws, and NH court decisions, as well as other related legal resources
for New Hampshire. In addition, it contains New Hampshire laws, court decisions,
court rules and other related legal resources for New Hampshire. It is the only
public law library in the state.
For more information about the New Hampshire Law Library, visit the Judicial Branch website at (http://www.courts.state.nh.us/lawlibrary/)