All posts by Sharon Clapp

Welcome Back – Spring Semester Library Hours & Holidays!

Welcome back to CCSU’s Spring 2020 academic semester! The Elihu Burritt Library’s regular hours begin on Tues., January 21, 2020:

  • M-Th: 8am-10:45pm
  • Fri: 8am-4:45pm
  • Sat: 9am-3:45pm
  • Sun: 2pm-9:45pm

Special holiday schedules will be observed around the following dates. Keep an eye on the library news blog for holiday-related notifications:

  • 2/14-2/17: President’s Holiday weekend
  • 3/14-3/22: Spring Break
  • 4/10-4/12: Good Friday / Easter Holiday weekend

For inclement weather / emergency closings, see:

New, Easier book requesting from CSCU libraries

Coming soon, it will be easier to order books and other materials from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.  In the hopes of improving the ordering process, you will no longer need to worry about where the item is coming from.  There will be one request button that will seamlessly create a request from all available copies within the system.

More details to follow …

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Holiday Closings – 12/25/19 & 1/1/20

The Elihu Burritt Library at CCSU will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The library will resume winter intersession hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Everyone at the library wishes you a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Photo of a library door with holiday decor.
Happy holidays from the Elihu Burritt Library at CCSU!

Winter Intersession Hours Begin 12/20/19

The Elihu Burritt Library will be on a shortened hours winter intersession schedule from 12/20/19 through 1/21/20 as follows:

  • Monday through Friday: 8am-4:45pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: CLOSED

The library also will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Wed., December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • Wed., January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Day)
  • Mon., January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday)

Regular Spring Session hours will resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Winter Intersession hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:45pm

Library Fine Amnesty Week – 12/4-12/11

End your semester with a clean slate! Take advantage of the library’s fine waivers / amnesty week, from 12/4/19-12/11/19.

At this time, we will waive overdue fines on all circulating materials, with a few exceptions. The exceptions are:

  • Any materials already billed at the Bursar’s that are returned will not have their fines waived.
  • Fines for overdue Course Reserves
Library Fine Amnesty Week will be December 4th to 11th, 2019

Extended Library Hours PLUS 12/9 & 12/11 Therapy Dog Visits

The library will be open for extended hours during the final weeks of the semester:

  • Monday-Wednesday, 12/2-12/4
  • & Monday-Wednesday, 12/9-12/11, 8am-11:45pm
  • Sunday, 12/8, 2pm-10:45pm

Review the full end of schedule of library open / closed hours.

Photo of Barkley, black lab therapy dog

Paws for Finals 

Please come visit our furry friends on the first floor of Burritt Library!

Monday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Barkley the Black lab and Ripple the Lab/Spaniel mix [Cancelled due to inclement weather]

Monday, December 9, 12-1pm, Barkely [RESCHEDULED!]

Wednesday, December 11, 12-1pm, Annie the Pitbull

The Library’s Fall 2019 Newsletter – Newly Published!

The Fall 2019 newsletter is available now. Its new name is The Burritt Connection.

In this issue we have:

  • From the Desk of the Library Director
  • Elihu Burritt Library Recognizes Donors in First-Ever ‘Huey Awards
  • President of The Republic of Poland visits CCSU, the Burritt Library, and the Polish Studies Program
  • Faculty Book Discussion Group Forms
  • New Semester, New Beginnings: Meet our New Librarians
  • DH100 – Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Open and Accessible for All
  • Trick or Treat at the Library!
  • CCSU’s Open House
  • New Features Added to CentralSearch!
  • The New Stack 7
  • Donors to the Burritt Library Fund

Many thanks to all who have contributed!

Trick or Treat Day Wrap-up

The library’s Trick or Treat E-Resources fair held on Tues., October 28th, included about 90 enthusiastic attendees and a number of prize winners, including the Grand Prize winner of the iPad — Nyaire Simpkins Jones, who is a junior and a psychology major. She and many other participants found the e-resources fair to be informative and helpful.

Most students were not aware of all of the online resources the library makes available to CCSU students at no cost. They were happy to learn about research tool / citation manager Refworks and databases such as PsycInfo. To see our entire list of “e-resources” (aka, “databases”), check out the library’s A to Z listing at

Also, check out the photo gallery below & find someone you know (or yourself)!