Book Bag Program

A program to support book groups in our state.

The New Hampshire Book Bag Program is a project of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities.

This program provides collections of literature to book discussion groups in New England (first preference is given to New Hampshire customers). Hundreds of titles, in quantities that vary from 10 to 100 copies, are available through the program.


Representatives of nonprofit agencies (e.g. libraries, nursing homes, and senior centers) may request New Hampshire Book Bag service. New Hampshire libraries are given first consideration when booking Book Bag titles.

Deliveries in New Hampshire are by New Hampshire State Library van service only. Customers without van service must make arrangements with a van service library, or pick up Book Bag books at the State Library.

Groups from out of state using the service must pay shipping and insurance both ways.

List of Book Bag Titles Available

During the first half of 2023 NHSL staff will be working on updating this collection and the title lists may change as we go along.

The Book Bag Book List has been divided into 3 categories with annotations for each title.

Note: Most of the older titles in the list are mass-market paperbacks and probably have small print. You may want to check ahead so we may get a copy and see if the print size is adequate for the group requesting the title.

Instructions on Requesting a Title

To reserve one or more titles, please contact the Circulation section of the NH State Library at 603-271-2616 or email


Currently, titles can be reserved up to 12 months in advance with a minimum notice of 2 weeks.

Loan Period

Two months.