THE NEARA LIBRARY

LIBRARY-booksThe rapidly growing resources, books, photo, archival material in the NEARA collection is now housed at rented space in the NH Conference United Chruch of Christ, Pembroke, New Hampshire. Members and others may borrow the circulating materials through inter-library loan.

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The NEARA Library & Archives

An extensive collection of books, archive and vertical file materials, journals and newsletters, photographs, slides and other media as well as NEARA’s site reports has found a home in the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ Building at 140 Sheep Davis Road Pembroke, NH.

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We needed to construct shelves to hold our collection and begin the migration of all the archival files to the new site. December and January are not really ideal times for these activities, but work got underway anyhow. The building property manager was hired to facilitate moving larger items, boxes of books and file cabinets.  A local interior carpenter and his crew were hired to construct wooden shelvecirc books rooms, which can be disassembled and moved to another location. NEARA members have have been of great assistance in making this move happen. From searching for a suitable site, to packing up books, to moving boxes and building shelves, their help has been greatly appreciated and invaluable in terms of man hours not billed.  An early summer open house is planned to celebrate the official reopening of NEARA’s Library, probably a Sunday in June.

We plan to have the move complete, unpacked and all in place by May.  Meanwhile, library business will continue as usual as much as possible, knowing that retrieval of materials will entail a trip to Pembroke and not just to the reading room at NHTI. The NHTI catalogue will still be available for searching for NEARA books, as will the NH van system, email and snail mail.

NEARA has been luThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.cky to be able to house its collection free of charge for 30 or more years, during which the library has grown from a few books in a member’s basement to an institution of academic renown.  It is time to begin planning the next phase of the library:  a permanent home of its own!  The new library will be named the NEARA Meggers Library after Betty Meggers to honor her  extraordinary support of NEARA’s mission.

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