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Security Certificate Updates


The security certificate has been updated and you should no longer experience this issue.  Please let us know if you experience any further trouble.  Thanks!


We are having an issue with the security certificate for  Therefore many people will be directed to a site that says it is an unsafe or an unverified site.  Please click through and allow the exception in this case.  We hope to have this fixed soon!

For a list of what these look like and for how to proceed when you receive one of these messages, please see:

Thanks for your patience!

CentralSearch available

Access has been restored.  Again, thank you for your patience!

Hello all,

I am sorry for the inconvenience but CentralSearch is temporarily unavailable for research.  All other search tools, databases, CONSULS, etc. are still fully operational.  We will keep you updated as we know more.  Thanks for your patience!advsearchlogo3

LexisNexis off campus access restored

***Update:  This issue has been resolved, please comment if you have any additional problems!  Thanks!

Hello all,

We are having some issues with off campus access to our LexisNexis database.  This should be resolved within the next 24 hours and we will keep you updated when the status changes.  There should be no issues with using this database in the library, so please let us know if you need anything from us.


Love Your Library!






Thank you to everyone who signed the Declaration for the Right for Libraries yesterday afternoon!  If you were not able to attend and wanted to sign the Declaration, you can still do so online at, and you can read about the event in the New Britain Herald, in this article by Scott Whipple.


For those of you unfamiliar with the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, you can see that there are many reasons to sign!


Declaration for the Right to Libraries

In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society. Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.  Whether developing skills to succeed in school, looking for a job, exploring possible careers, having a baby, or planning retirement, people of all ages turn to libraries for instruction, support, and access to computers and other resources to help them lead better lives.

LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING.  Many children and adults learn to read at their school and public libraries via story times, research projects, summer reading, tutoring and other opportunities. Others come to the library to learn the technology and information skills that help them answer their questions, discover new interests, and share their ideas with others.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES.  Families find a comfortable, welcoming space and a wealth of resources to help them learn, grow and play together.

LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER.  Libraries serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work and govern.

LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES.  Libraries bring people together, both in person and online, to have conversations and to learn from and help each other. Libraries provide support for seniors, immigrants and others with special needs.

LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW.  Our right to read, seek information, and speak freely must not be taken for granted. Libraries and librarians actively defend this most basic freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.  The economic health and successful governance of our nation depend on people who are literate and informed. School, public, academic, and special libraries support this basic right.

LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP.  Knowledge grows from knowledge. Whether doing a school assignment, seeking a cure for cancer, pursuing an academic degree, or developing a more fuel efficient engine, scholars and researchers of all ages depend on the knowledge and expertise that libraries and librarians offer.

LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.  People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.

LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE.  The past is key to our future.  Libraries collect, digitize, and preserve original and unique historical documents that help us to better understand our past, present and future.

April 30 – Sign the Declaration

Please join us on Wednesday, April 30 at 12 p.m. for the Declaration for the Right to Libraries event at the Elihu Burritt Library at Central Connecticut State University.
Libraries Change Lives is a program designed by the American Library Association (ALA) to promote awareness of the ways libraries are impacting lives of the CCSU campus and the community at large.

Come to show and declare your support for quality libraries by signing the Declaration!

Declaration will be available for signing on the first floor of the library from 12 – 2 p.m. with a special program and presentation of library services starting at 12 p.m.

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

On April 16th the Burritt Library joined the Connecticut Library Association for the Declaration for the Right to Libraries event at the State Capitol in Hartford. It was an important event to showcase Connecticut Libraries and to advocate the value of our institutions with legislators, library users and the media.
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Writing Hollywood! Free Lecture on the 4th!

Join us in welcoming William J. Mann to the library on Tuesday, March 4th for Writing Hollywood!  The lecture is free and open to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Mann, a former CCSU student, is best known for his biographies of Hollywood celebrities, including Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, and Katherine Hepburn among others.  His biography of Hepburn, Kate: the Woman Who Was Hepburn, was one of the New York Times notable books of 2006.  Read more about his work in the Hartford Courant interview.

As mentioned, the lecture is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register so we can make enough room.  For full event details and registration, click here.

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