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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.

Burritt Library University Research Award Winners!

The staff at Elihu Burritt Library would like congratulate this year’s winners of the Elihu Burritt Library Research Awards:

Moriah R. Maresh, a graduate English student for her paper, “A Person Needs Teeth to Eat”: Food in Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”


Thomas Vaughn, senior, History major, for his  paper, “Prosperity of the Children of Connecticut Witches”

Both students did a great job and put in a tremendous amount of time and effort. The library research awards will be part of URCAD which will take place on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 as part of CCSU’s ResearchFest 2020.

View Elihu Burritt Library Research award-winning papers online

Collections page image with university research awards

Read magazines at home!

The Burritt Library has just acquired a trial subscription to Flipster, a service that allows you to view your favorite popular magazines from your computer, tablet or phone.

Just a few of the titles that are available are Time, National Geographic, Wired, and Rolling Stone. In addition there are some great academic titles to choose from.

There are a few ways to access these titles. One is to use the link above and search for your titles in the same way you would search our regular library databases. The second way is to access their app:

  • Search the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store for “Flipster – Digital Magazines”.
  • Locate participating libraries
  • Browse for and download popular magazines to read offline
  • Access digital table of contents for each magazine
  • Read articles in text view
  • Tap highlighted areas to jump to articles and related website

Check out this video if you’re having any trouble:

Online Textbooks

Online Textbooks:

During the current coronavirus crisis, students and faculty will be able to access textbooks online at no cost through the two platforms below. Each person needs to set up their own account at these sites.

  1. VitalSource access will be available through May 25th. Their textbook listing is visible at: For more information, please go to or to the FAQ at . Students are limited to 7 books total. Books can be downloaded. (This applies to e-Books only, not courseware.)
  2. RedShelf access is available through May 25th. Redshelf’s textbooks collections can be searched at: Students are limited to 7 books total. There are more details at: (This applies to e-Books only, not courseware. )

Contact Kristin D’Amato or Susan Slaga-Metivier during regular hours with additional questions (M-F, 9-5).

Virtual Library Services During Shutdown

Elihu Burritt Library has a new online guide (libguide) available to assist you while you are off campus. It can be found at  Feel free to post it in Blackboard to share with students. Next week during the week of spring break, librarians will be available via chat and email from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  You can access chat through the link above or via the library’s website – (top right corner). They will be available for more hours once online classes start. That schedule will be posted next week.