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About Danforth Library

The H. Raymond Danforth Library is located at 28 Bridge Street in Henniker, New Hampshire on the campus of New England College.

The Library is an intimate and inviting space in which to explore the many aspects of academic research as well as to relax and enjoy a good book. The Library is staffed by librarians dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff the attention and professional expertise needed to successfully fulfill any and all information needs. The librarians seek to create a learning environment conducive to the academic endeavors that students will encounter at New England College while also helping students acquire the skills for a lifetime of learning.

The Library houses a 30 seat computer lab, several comfortable reading rooms, quiet study space and an instruction area. It is open nearly 100 hours per week. Reference assistance is available over 70 hours per week.

Library Resources

The Library provides an array of resources designed to meet student and faculty research needs. A mix of print and electronic resources includes about 100,000 book volumes, 300 print periodical subscriptions, access to over 15,000 periodical titles through electronic indexing and full-text databases, a number of electronic reference sources and a web page of Internet resources selected by the librarians for subject specific and assignment specific topics.

The Library houses a 30 seat computer lab, several comfortable reading rooms, quiet study space and an instruction area. It is open nearly 100 hours per week. Reference assistance is available over 70 hours per week.

Online Resources

Library Policies (pdf file)

Friends of the Library

Link to the Friends Facebook page


As an area resident you may use the New England College Library. The Library has journals, research volumes, and electronic resources that will allow you to investigate almost any area of interest at no charge to you. This service is made possible through the College, and this mission is supported by the Friends of the H. Raymond Danforth Library.

The Friends is a group of interested and concerned citizens formed to strengthen this unique community asset. Our organization is a collaborative effort supported by the College. Through our efforts of developing special community events and fund raising activities, the Library continues to mature as a strong learning and research center in south-central New Hampshire.

Friends of the New England College Library:  Mission Statement

The Friends of the New England College Library was created to enhance the facilities and capabilities of the Library for the benefit of the College and neighboring communities and to create awareness of specific needs and resources of the Library, and to sponsor such activities as musicals, lectures, exhibits, and other special events.

Contact information:  Chelsea Hanrahan, Chair

Consortium memberships


New England College is a member of the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC), which supports an active interlibrary loan program with the fourteen participating institutions.  The NHCUC members also allow students and faculty common borrowing privileges at each institution’s library and access to their combined holdings of more than five million volumes. The member institutions include: Colby-Sawyer College, Daniel Webster College, Franklin Pierce College, Keene State College, New England College, NH Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Rivier College, St. Anselm College, Southern NH University, University of NH Durham and Manchester.


The library is also a member of GMILCS, Inc., a consortium of public and academic libraries in southern New Hampshire.  The consortium allows NEC students with a current ID to check out materials from any of its members, including the public libraries of Amherst, Bedford, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, and Salem, New Hampshire, as well as Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Information Literacy Report

Library Annual Report