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Spring 2016 Hours Begin Jan. 19

Spring 2016 hours begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19. These hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-10:45pm; Friday, 8am-4:45pm; Saturday, 9am-3:45pm; and Sunday, 2pm-9:45pm.

Please note the library is CLOSED Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

You can view all our hours online at Have a great semester!

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“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.





Learn more about Anthrosource!

Anthrosource logoWelcome to our monthly Spotlight on E-Resources.  We at the Burritt Library hope to make your research easier by providing the inside information and tips and tricks to using our many resources.

This month we will be focusing on Anthrosource.  Find all of the great info here!

And join us for our short tutorials in the library! We will be holding live demonstrations for Anthrosource in the brand new conference room on the fourth floor of the library on the following days:

Wed. Jan. 20th Thurs. Jan. 21st Wed. Jan. 27th Thurs. Jan. 28th
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.
3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
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Winter Session (2015-16) Library Hours

Our Winter Session (2015-2016) hours start on Monday, December 21st. These hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:45pm. We are CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays.

We are also CLOSED on Christmas, Friday, December 25th; New Year’s, Friday, January 1st; and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 18th.

You can view all our hours online at Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season!



Win $350! 2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

The Elihu Library Research Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate research papers/projects as well as skill and creativity in the application of library services, resources and collections.

Two prizes of $350 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student during the 2016 spring semester at the University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Please note that for graduate students, this applies to class assignments and not the final program thesis/project. Also, this award is separate from others presented at URCAD.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2016 semester as a Central Connecticut State University undergraduate or graduate student at any level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2015.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will become property of Elihu Burritt Library and may be publicly displayed in the library and/or library website.

    *The application forms and additional information can be found at:

Application packets will be due March 14, 2016. For more information please, contact Susan Slaga-Metivier at



Fall 2015 Library Newsletter

The 19th volume of the Elihu Burritt Library’s Newsletter, covering Fall 2015, is now available at

This issue highlights:

  • The library’s partnership with CCSU’s Institute for Technology and Business Development (at the New Britain downtown campus location) and its federally grant-funded TRiO Talent search program, supporting over 500 New Britain area high school students
  • Events held at the library this fall, including:
    • Trick-or-Treat Halloween-themed E-resources fair
    • “Making Historians at CCSU” Friends of the Library fundraiser featuring CCSU alumni, faculty members, and writers
    • Connecticut’s State Archaeology Fair
  • Selling, reusing, and recycling book donations through Better World Books
  • The newly-added Scopus abstract and index database of more than 22,000 peer-reviewed titles, covering sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts & the humanities
  • Library website redesign
  • iPad Lending program for students
  • The Robot in the Library
  • Better know a member of the library’s support staff – Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
  • Donations made to the Friends of the Burritt Library
  • Thank you to the Connecticut Italian Caucus


Art Therapy and Mediation @ the Library

Hi all,

As part of Tension Prevention Week the library is offering Art Therapy and Guided Meditation this evening.

Art Therapy will be ongoing throughout the evening beginning at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  There will be coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils set up.  So take a minute and head back to the good ole days when all that mattered was staying in the lines!

And then head up to the fourth floor, conference room, for our Guided Meditation with Dr. James Malley @ 6 p.m.  Meditation has proven very effective in relieving exam stress and calming the mind.  Meet us in the classroom and take advantage of all of the positive effects.

Lastly, we offer free Coffee and Cookies at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  It’s first come, first served!



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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Puppy Therapy @ 1 Today!!!

This just in!  Angus the Belgian Tervuren will be on the first floor of the library today at 1 pm!  Come down and take a moment to unwind and Paws for relaxation.

And don’t forget Jesse the Black Lab will be here at 5:45 this evening as well! Check out our other Tension Prevention week activities here.



Relax and Refresh with Puppies, Cookies, and More!

Are you getting a tad stressed out with Final exams and papers
that you’re starting to look something like this?
Bit stressed finals
Worry no more!

The Elihu Burritt Library hosts Tension Prevention Week:
Monday, December 7-Wednesday, December 9!

Monday, December 7 (both events on 1st Floor):
– 5:45pm: Paws for Relaxation, with our favorite Therapy Dog, Jesse
– 6pm: FREE Coffee and Cookies (First come, first serve)!

Tuesday, December 8:
– 5pm: Art Therapy Night (FREE coloring books and markers!)

(1st Floor)
– 6pm: Guided Meditation (3rd Floor Curriculum Lab Classroom) &
FREE Coffee and Cookies (1st Floor) (First come, first serve!)

Wednesday, December 9:
– 4pm: Guided Meditation (3rd Floor Curriculum Lab Classroom)
6pm: FREE Coffee and Cookies (1st Floor) (First come, first serve!)

Relax and Refresh with Puppies, Cookies, and More Fun,
Courtesy of Your Friends at the Elihu Burritt Library!