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The Best of Italy – cultural event sponsored by the IRC, Library and Modern Language

The Italian Resource Center, The Elihu Burritt Library and the Modern Language Department 

Invites you to Eccellenze d’Italia (The Best of Italy)

Come and celebrate with us Italian Culture Day 

2 – 6:30 PM,  Thursday, October 12th 2017 in Welte Auditorium

Join us for student’s performance of Italian music, lecture, exhibit, display of Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Fiat cars, and Italian American Play!

Light refreshments and authentic Italian samplings will be served!


Cross-Culture Courage: Connecticut’s Response to WW I

Please join us for presentations and opening reception

World War I Exhibit

Friday, November 17, 2017

from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

in the Elihu Burritt Library, 1st floor


“To Fight for Italy, to Fight for America: For Italians in Connecticut, It was a Fight for Liberty.”

Presenters: Dr. Carl Antonucci & Kenneth DiMaggio

“Polish Americans in Connecticut in World War I”

Dr. M.B. Biskupski & Renata Vickrey

“Connecticut in World War I”

Christine Pittsley, Project Director

Remembering World War One

The event is sponsored by the Veterans History Project, O’Neill Endowed Chair and the Burritt Library.

Refreshments will be served.  Free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Eileen Hurst: or 860 832-2976

Fall 2017 Hours/Labor Day Weekend

During Fall 2017, the library will be OPEN Monday through Thursday, 8am-10:45pm; Friday, 8am-4:45pm; Saturday, 9am-3:45pm; and Sunday, 2pm-9:45pm.

The library will be CLOSED Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.

All Fall 2017 library hours can be viewed here.  Have a great Fall semester!

Elihu Burritt Library faculty help future young engineers!

Three of our librarians recently participated in the Young Engineers Summer STEM Workforce and Development Program run by CCSU ITBD in which students from middle and high school were taught aspects of product invention and how to use CAD Imaging and 3D printing/modeling. Martha Kruy, our instructional/reference librarian, taught students how to conduct research about their ideas and about the intricacies of intellectual property rights. Students learned about the patent process using academic databases and Google Patents. Sharon Clapp, digital resources librarian, taught students how to write code and program Raspberry Pis mini-computers. Nicole Rioux, reference librarian, was helping with the research part of this very worthwhile event.

This type of outreach work is fundamental to the library’s mission of engaging all communities, those on and off campus regardless of age. Library faculty have a lot to offer. Thank you Martha, Sharon and Nicole.

On Wednesday, August 9th the graduation ceremony was held in the Elihu Burritt Library, students were joined by the program organizers, teachers, librarians and family members.

More information about the STEM Program:



Curriculum Lab has moved…

During the week of July 18th, the Stanley A. Lotko Curriculum Lab was moved from its previous location to the 4th floor of the Burritt Library. Currently the Curriculum Lab sits in the 4th floor Quiet Study Area but before the start of the school year will be enclosed by walls to ensure that the Quiet Study Area on the 4th floor can be maintained throughout the school year. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we moved the collection!

Exhibit – Bertrand Russell as a Public Intellectual: War, Peace and Social Reconstruction


The new exhibit about Bertrand Russell consists of original pamphlets and related items, with annotations, from a private collection of Dr. David Blitz.

It includes also books from regular circulating Library collection.

The exhibit accompanies the annual meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society, which will take place June 3 – 4, in Memorial Hall, CCSU

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Library till June 30th.


Summer Session Hours (May 30-Aug. 4)

During Summer Session I and II (May 30-Aug. 4), the library will be OPEN Monday through Thursday, 8am-7:45pm; Friday, 8am-4:45pm; and Saturday, 9am-3:45pm. We will be CLOSED on Sundays.

The library will also be CLOSED Saturday, July 1; Sunday, July 2; Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day); Saturday, Aug. 5; and Sunday, Aug. 6.

For the complete library hours, please go

Thank you, and enjoy your summer!

Thank you to the Friends of the Burritt Library!

On Friday, April 28th many of us gathered at the Elihu Burritt Library to say thank you to our wonderful library donors and supporters. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community were in attendance. It was an evening of conversation about the importance of accessing library materials and textbook affordability, sharing stories and laughter over food and drink, and a toast to the success of the library by President Dr. Zulma Toro. This was followed by an fascinating presentation by Anthony Amore, a bestselling author and engaging speaker on the subject of art theft and forgery.  Enjoy the photos.
Thank you to all who supported the Library during the Devil Double Dare campaign!