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Gold Star Exhibit

The Gold Star exhibit feature men who died in Vietnam and the families they left behind, have traveled all over the state the last year, including stops at the Hartford State House, Terryville, Waterbury, and other towns.

The exhibit is on view in the Library, 1st floor,  during the month of April.


Italian American Women of Connecticut – March 5 at 1PM

Please join us in the Burritt Library on Saturday, March 5th at 1 PM for engaging conversation with:

Paul Pirrotta, author of “Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello: A Connecticut Trailblazer


Anthony Riccio, author of “Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut”

Elihu Burritt Library, 4th floor

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Italian Resource Center and is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Renata Vickrey at or by calling 860 832-2085

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Paul Pirrotta

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Returns to the Library!

Need to return something to the library?  You can return them to our satellite location in the Student Center Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  Coming to campus after the desk is closed?  You can return them in the book drop on the north side of the library, to the right of the staff entrance.  It is open, as always 24 hours/7 days a week. 


Library’s satellite office is operating from 9 – 5 p.m. in the Student Center. Library is closed to patrons approx. until March 1st!

Students and library patrons we will make everything possible to deliver materials and allow access to library holdings during renovations!

You can contact us by chat, email, phone (860-832-3404) or stop by our satellite desk at the Student Center.  We will deliver books and other materials to the satellite desk as soon as possible.  The desk is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Because of significant weather-related damages, Burritt Library is open only for Library personnel until approximately March 1. It will be closed to the public and to students and faculty until repair work has been completed.  You can still contact individual staff member by email or phone.

The library and satellite office will be closed on weekends.



“Friends of the Library/University Singers Companion Tour” to Poland and Germany! May 12-20, 2016

Join us for the first Friends of the Library trip abroad! Together with the CCSU University Singers, participants will travel to Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland and to Leipzig, Germany. Friends will be in the audience when the choir performs all concerts; all will participate in guided tours and visit sites related to culture, history and music in the cities we will visit. Additional tours will be arranged for Friends while the Singers rehearse.

Cost of the trip is $2,995.

This price includes round-trip transportation from CCSU to JFK, round-trip international airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, some meals, ground transportation and entrance fees to all planned activities.  

Registration deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016. 

Please read carefully the enclosed registration form: Friends of Library – Singers Companion Tour Registration FormSu16

Glimpse of the itinerary:

Krakow, Poland


Krakow represents a great repository of Polish history, art, and architecture. The group will enjoy a guided tour of Krakow, beginning with the Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, which was remodeled according to the new Renaissance taste in the beginning of the 16th century. It is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Then we will visit the Old Town with the Main Market Square and its magnificent houses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall-Sukienice. We will also visit the Church of St. Mary, with the famous Gothic Altar by Wit Stwosz, best sculptor of the Middle Ages. We will visit the Jagiellonian University and gain insight into their special collections and manuscript division, including many musical scores. Founded in 1364, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. We will visit the 13th century “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, registered on the Unesco list, and a spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, founded in 1044. Both places are on the outskirts of Krakow, where our tourist experience will be enriched by the musical performance and presentation of Benedictine archives and tasting of their special food.

The group will take a side trip to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi German concentration camp, where four million people perished.

Wrocław, Poland

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Our next stop will be Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia and Poland’s fourth largest city. It is a city with a fascinating and complex history, dating back to the 10th century, when the Ostrow Tumski islet on the Odra became a fortified Slav settlement.  There are now some 100 bridges spanning the city’s 90-kilometer network of slow-moving canals and tributaries, giving Wroclaw its particular charm. Singers will perform in the baroque style Collegium Marianum located in the Wroclaw University, founded in 1702.  The group will visit the famous Ossolineum library and have a special tour of the Racławice Panorama, a monumental cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising. We will visit the Old Town, with its medieval market square, founded in the 13th century, and Piasek Island, with its Church of St. Mary on Piasek, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Church of the Holy Cross.

Leipzig, Germany


The last stop will be in Leipzig, which is associated with the best known classical composers. We will visit or get a glimpse of Schumann House, Wagner Memorial, Leipzig Opera House, St. Nicholas School, St. Nicholas Church, Old City Hall, St. Thomas Church, etc. Singers will perform in St. Thomas church, where Bach was once the organist and choirmaster, and is currently the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, one of the most famous in the world.  We will also visit the Bach Museum. It was once the home of the Bach family and now contains the largest Bach archives in Germany, as well as many mementos of the composer.

Please contact Renata Vickrey any additional questions you might have at or by calling 860 832 2085.





Burritt Library is about research, collaboration, innovation, technology and 3-D printing!

SCENE @ CCSU: Learn to be an innovator

Published in New Britain Herald, Sunday December 6, 2015.

By Rick Mullins, Director Institute for Technology & Business Development, CCSU

Inspiring the next generation in STEM innovation, product development, and entrepreneurialism is the goal of CCSU’s “Be an Innovator” program. The first group of participants, involving 25 New Britain high school students and CCSU students, is about to complete the 60-hour, intensive course held at the university’s new Education & Innovation Center located at the downtown campus.

“Be an Innovator” is the result of a collaboration between CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library, TRiO Educational Talent Search (a federally-funded initiative based at CCSU offering support and guidance for under-represented students to complete high school and pursue higher education), and CCSU’s Institute of Technology & Business Development.

Throughout the course, students become familiar with the process of 3D printing and design, open source software, computer coding, information literacy, database patent and intellectual property research, and the creation a webserver with a Raspberry PI.

The TRiO students, coming from New Britain High School, EC Goodwin Tech, and magnet high schools, are led by TRiO Program Director Thomas Menditto and are tutored by CCSU undergraduates representing multiple disciplines at the University. The building of relationships between the CCSU and high school students helps the younger students gain confidence in building departmental and peer relationships when choosing a college major.

Carl Antonucci, library director, and his staff were key in the preparation, design, and delivery of the program. Sharon Clapp, Susan Slaga-Metiver, Briana McGuckin, Martha Kruy, and Steven Bernstein each delivered a unique component to the education and innovation segment of the class.

The Burritt Library wants all students to think of the library as an innovative business, research, and science resource for product design, research, validation, and model production. In doing so, the library becomes a resource to enhance classroom learning. In addition, current students on campus will gain a broader knowledge of resources on both campuses for their educational development.

The success that has been realized in the implementation of this program is leading CCSU ITBD to offer this program to the public in an open-enrollment, non-credit format in the spring of 2016.

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Temporary location of Special Collections and ISAR

Due to HVAC renovation the offices located on the 2nd floor of the Library, Special Collections and ISAR- Information Systems and Resources, have moved to the Confucius Institute area on the 4th floor. We will be in this temporary location till end of March, 2016.

Materials located in Special Collections will not be available during renovations.  However we still provide access to University Archives, GLBTQ Archives and Connecticut Polish American Archives.

ISAR provides the same services, also 3-D printing assistance is available.

Telephone numbers are the same.


Guayasamin’s art in Motion: “Ecuador Unframed”

Art Exhibition on view in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor from September 21 – October 19, 2015

Guayasamín Unframed is curated by Dr. Rocio Fuentes, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages with the collaboration of Dr. Heather Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology. The exhibit is sponsored by the Modern Languages Department, The Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Ellihu Burritt Library, The School of Education, Art Department, History Department, Student Affairs, and the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center at CCSU.

Opening Reception, September 21, 3 p.m., featured guest speakers include the Ecuadorian consul at New Heaven, Mr. Raúl Erazo and CCSU art professors Rachel Siporin and Mike Alewitz.

Guest Lecture, October 14, 9:30 a.m., featuring Dr. Juan Ramos (College of the Holy Cross)

 “This exhibit bridges cultural theory, mathematical analysis, media visualization, and computer programming in an innovative installation of the mural Ecuador (1952), a major art work by Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of the most prominent Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Identity is always in motion. Such is the feeling behind Guayasamín’s mural. Intended to represent the inherent antagonisms and racial multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation. “

The mural is composed of five movable and interchangeable panels. These panels will be exhibited alongside a digital interface, which will allow visitors to view 30,720 potential configurations of the piece, and even to virtually create their own mural.