About the Library
The Elihu Burritt Library is here to serve all members of the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) family -- students, faculty, staff & members of the community. Below, you can see more about our services, departments, mission, & history. You can also link to our staff directory, the library's floorplan/map, or view the schedule of library hours.
- Borrowing privileges for Books, DVDs, Scores, and Audio CDs. Policies for:
- Kindles, calculators, and tablets (iPads) for short term loan
- Research Help (via email, chat, or in person)
- Interlibrary loan: Borrowing materials from other libraries
- Course reserves
- Electronic Resources (i.e. eBooks, articles available online, research tutorials, citation tools, etc. - go to CentralSearch to search all resources or to the Databases A to Z list to browse)
- Special Collections and Archives
- Starbucks Café
- Group study rooms and comfortable seating - Extended hours during finals!
- Printing, photocopying, and scanning
- 3-D printing
- Portable Device Charging Station
Faculty / Instructional Support:
- "One shot" library instruction (request a session for your class)
- LSC150 (1 cr): Library Research in the Digital Age
- LibGuides - subject & course-level research guides
- "Embedded" Librarians for your course (* contact the Reference Department for more information, availability limited)
- Technical Support for library-specific resources & systems
- Liaisonship for academic departments' acquisitions needs / collection development
- Open Educational Resources (OERs) support (find inexpensive and openly licensed materials for your students)
Do you want to donate materials to the library? Please review our Gift Policy.
Call this number for...
|Library Director (Carl Antonucci)||860-832-2099||Library Director Carl Antonucci|
|Acquisitions/Serials||860-832-2074||Questions about e-journal and database access, new orders, continuing journal and database subscriptions, and departmental monograph and media allocations.|
|Archives (Polish) & Special Collections||860-832-2085
|Questions about the Rare Book Collections, Polish Archives, University Archives, and the Gender Equity Collections|
|Cataloging & Metadata Services||860-832-3400||Inquiries about availability of new library materials and requests for rush cataloging.|
|Circulation||860-832-3410||Questions about borrowing library materials and requests to change your Library PIN.|
|Collection Development||860-832-2073||Contact to suggest materials for purchase or to donate books, etc.|
|Curriculum Lab||860-832-2069||Educational Resources.|
|Government Documents||860-832-2066||Help with information sources from agencies of federal, state and international governments.|
|Questions about ordering materials not owned by CCSU from other libraries.|
|ISAR--Information Systems and Resources||
|Encompassing cataloging and metadata services as well as information systems within the library. Support issues related to ALMA, Ex Libris or other system-wide issues.|
|Library Instruction||860-832-2068||Requests for library orientations. Follow the link in the left column to submit requests via web form.|
|Reference - Ask A Librarian||860-832-2060||
Help with research or using the library off-campus.
Questions about required and supplemental class material, including books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, CDs and digital reserves.
|Academic Centers in the Library||860-832-0103 (Italian Center)
860-832-0056 Center for Student Athletes)
|The Italian Resource Center, Latin American, or Academic Center for Student Athletes.|
The Elihu Burritt Library at Central CT State University satisfies the 21st century learning and research needs of its community of learners by facilitating knowledge creation and inspiring intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
- Fully integrate the library's collections and services with the University's curriculum and strategic priorities.
- Facilitate the seamless, timely delivery of scholarly materials in the format desired by students, faculty, and staff through a multiplicity of delivery channels availabe to a 21st century library.
- Leverage the library's existing space to create a variety of flexible, welcoming learning spaces that fulfill the educational and social needs of the campus community.
- Expand the library's reach through broader engagement with the campus community and beyond.
Elihu Burritt (1810-1879), for whom the library at Central Connecticut State University is named, was a self-educated scholar, linguist, philanthropist, social activist, diplomat, and early advocate for world peace. The New Britain native was so eager for knowledge that, after he began working as a blacksmith in Boston, he regularly walked some 45 miles to and from the American Antiquarian Society's library in Worcester to borrow books, which were quite precious at the time. Burritt eventually authored some 27 books and articles.
In 2012, Elihu Burritt and his works were honored when the library was designated as a Literary Landmark. Sponsored by the American Library Association, this program encourages communities to maintain special locations linked to a deceased literary figure, author, or his/her work. The CCSU collection contains extensive Burritt correspondence, including personal notes, lectures, photos, and published works, as well as publications about him.