About the Library

The Elihu Burritt Library is here to serve all members of the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) family & 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 library hours.

Services

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Departments

Department

Phone

Call this number for...

Main Library 860-832-2055  
Main FAX 860-832-2118  
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
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860-832-2086
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.
Interlibrary Loan

860-832-3408

Questions about ordering materials not owned by CCSU from other libraries.
ISAR--Information Systems and Resources 

860-832-3400

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.

Reserve Room 860-832-3406

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.

Mission

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.

Goals:

  1. Fully integrate the library's collections and services with the University's curriculum and strategic priorities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Expand the library's reach through broader engagement with the campus community and beyond.

History

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.