All posts by Sharon Clapp

How the Library Survived Disaster

Curious about the Valentine’s Day pipe-burst disaster that closed Elihu Burritt Library, and what we did during repairs? Want to know who draws those awesome whiteboard pictures in front of the Library entrance? Your professors keep telling you to use databases for your assignments – have you seen signs for the Library’s new Spotlight on E-Resources program?

All of this and more is covered in the Library’s latest newsletter! Check it out here:

Catalog Maintenance Mon., 3/14, 3pm

The library’s main system and catalog will be unavailable for about an hour beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14.  We will keep you updated in the event of a change. Other online resources should be available.  Our apologies, in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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

Early Closing at 1:45pm, Wednesday, Nov. 25

The library will CLOSE at 1:45pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25, per President Miller.

The library will be CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 26-Sunday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We re-open normal hours on Monday, Nov. 30.

You can view all our hours online at Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday!

Thanksgiving Break Hours for the Library

The library will be OPEN on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 8am-4:45pm.

However, this is likely to change, so please call the Circulation Desk at 860-832-3410 to get the most up-to-date hours.

The library will be CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 26-Sunday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We re-open normal hours on Monday. Nov. 30.

You can view all our hours online at Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday!

1989: End of the System

The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish-American Studies is proud to present an exhibition:

1989: End of the System

Available for viewing in the Elihu Burritt Library in the month of June during library’s opening hours:

  • M-Th 8am – 7:45pm
  • F 8am-4:45pm
  • S 9am-3:45pm

The exhibit celebrates and commemorates the 25th anniversary of the transition to democracy in Poland. The exhibition presents the crucial role that Poland played in the democratic changes that swept the region at the end of the 1980s. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, with emphasis on the role of the Soli1989: End of the System Exhibit at the Librarydarity movement in Poland. From the origins of Solidarity in Poland to the turning point of partially-free elections held in Poland in June 1989, the exhibition gives a comprehensive picture of the interrelated political changes taking place across the region that jointly contributed to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The exhibition was prepared by The KARTA Center, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York and The Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Pizza for your thoughts

The Elihu Burritt Library is seeking feedback on its library website. We’re holding a focus group on Wednesday, April 29th at 3pm. All participants get free pizza, soda, and more (like free t-shirts and other goodies)! All we need is about an hour and your feedback on what works and what doesn’t about our existing website. Bring your friends.  Register online to join us! Free pizza - sign up for our focus group