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Fall 2020 Library Newsletter

The Fall 2020 newsletter is out! In this issue we have:

  • From the Desk of the Library Director
  • Library Services for Fall 2020
  • Need Help with Research? Contact Elihu Burritt Library’s Reference and Instruction Department
  • Moving Our Digital Collections and Creating New Ones
  • Veteran’s History Project Update
  • Digitization Project – GLBTQ Archives and the Gale Group
  • Book Discussion Group Continues
  • Learning Revolution Presentation
  • What’s New with Open Educational Resources (OER)?
  • Photos of the Re-Opened Library
  • Thank you to our Donors!
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Fall Library Service Hours

Limited on-ground library services are available for faculty and students during the following hours (subject to change)*:

Check the online calendar for the latest information & for holiday closings

Get books from the library (“curbside pickup”)

  • MONDAY-FRIDAY: 8am-4pm
  • SATURDAY: 9am-1pm
  • SUNDAY: Closed

The building will remain open for classes & individual study after library services end (M-Th 8am-9:30pm).

Librarians are available to help you online through chat during the following hours:

  • MONDAY-THURSDAY: 8am-8pm
  • FRIDAY: 8am-4pm
  • SATURDAY: 9am-4pm
  • SUNDAY: 2pm-8pm
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Faculty: instruction support services for your online classes have been expanded – sign up today!

Library instruction is key to building students’ information literacy. Information literacy allows scholars to assess their information needs, find information, evaluate it, and use it appropriately.  

Request an online instruction session, introduction to library resources, and other services today!

The online instruction request form may be used to schedule an online information literacy session or general overview of library resources to support your course in a LMS such as Blackboard. We can host or join your class via Webex or another platform for a live session. In addition, this form may be used to request the creation of various online research aids such as a course guide, customized lesson plan, tutorial, and other services to support your online teaching. 

Looking forward to receiving your request! Questions may be directed to Susan Slaga-Metivier, Head Reference / Instruction.

Outside Retrieval of Library Materials for Faculty

Though the Burritt Library remains closed to visitors, it is now minimally staffed on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. Faculty, if you need any physical books from the library collection, please send an email to

Materials will be pulled from the stacks twice a day. Books pulled in the morning will be available for pickup that afternoon. Books pulled in the afternoon will be available for pick up the next open morning. The hours for picking up materials will be 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the days we are on campus. 

Materials will be checked out to faculty before being packaged up. They will then be placed on a table outside the library, to the left of the front door with the faculty member’s name and pickup date displayed clearly on the package.  Any materials that are not picked up will be taken back in before closing and will not be put outside again until we are contacted with an alternate pick up date and time. 

A cart will also be available for returned materials. To maximize safety, returned materials will be quarantined for three days and then checked in.

We can also make available incoming ILL and consortia materials that may have arrived since March. Currently, the ordering of physical materials through ILL or the consortia is closed.  ILL will continue to order articles.

CCSU Digital Archives Migration

The library is in the process of moving our digital archives. Some collections are currently available via the library’s collections page. These include:

Materials from CCSU’s Veterans History Project are available via the Veterans History Project’s webpage.

We are currently in the process of making our other collections available via the Connecticut Digital Archive. These include:

  • Polish Posters
  • Polish American Pamphlets
  • CCSU Student Publications
  • Treasures of the Special Collections

If you need immediate access to materials in any of these collections, please contact Dana Hanford ( or Brian Matzke ( We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on this migration and look forward to expanding our digital offerings in the future!

Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sharing the Experiences of the CCSU Community

The Elihu Burritt Library and the Department of History are launching a project to document the experience of CCSU students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. All members of the campus community are invited to contribute their experiences of the pandemic through journals, photos, videos, and other documentation. If have any questions or need assistance please contact Brian Matzke 

For more details, visit:

CCSU Pandemic Archive project page - learn more & sign up
Visit to share your COVID-19 pandemic experience

Returning Library Books

We’ve established a book drop at Burritt Library. (This information is also available in PDF format at CCSU’s Coronavirus information pages).

Please carefully examine the map below. Harold Lewis Drive, off Ella Grasso Boulevard, will provide access to the library’s lower level which is where the dropoff is located. You may return library books 24 hours/7 days per week.

Please note: This drop box is for library book returns only.

After you have returned the books, please email Patti Specter at with the title and number of books returned.

Please contact the Circulation Department at to request a renewal. You can also renew materials online through CentralSearch by signing in to your library account (for all but guests, this is done with your Bluenet ID).

Map image of where the library book drop box is located
Map of where the library book drop box is located, at the library’s lower level, off of Harold Lewis Drive.