Information for Faculty

The Housatonic Library exists to serve students, faculty, and staff and strives for maximum access. We are open seven days a week during Fall and Spring semesters (weekdays during Summer), have at least one professional librarian available at all times, and offer online off-campus access to our databases. To foster communication between faculty and librarians and facilitate practical and efficient use of the library, here is some other information you may find useful:


Reference service is provided during all hours of library operation.

Library Instruction  

Library (or Bibliographic) Instruction sessions to familiarize students with library services and resources are available upon request of the faculty member teaching the class. (The exceptions are the mandatory presentations given to Developmental Studies 99 and English 101 classes.) The presentations are adapted to the needs of the group and range from basic information to more advanced or subject specific sessions. If you would like to have a librarian give a presentation to your class, please contact

Peter Everett @ 332-5074 or

Class Visits  

If you wish to bring your class to the library, make the request (if possible) at least three days in advance. You can call us on shorter notice, but there may be another class already scheduled. Please note the library hours. If your class meets at a time when the library is unavailable, contact us and we will try to accommodate you. We will be happy to work with you and can serve students more effectively if we are able to plan ahead.


A Reserve collection is maintained behind the Circulation Desk. We encourage you to use Reserve for books, articles, DVDs, etc. when a substantial number of students need to read, view, or listen to material for a class. Use of the Reserve collection is an effective way of sharing limited resources amongst a large group.


If you are giving a homework assignment that requires all of your students to use the library, please send us the syllabus or assignment ahead of time. That allows us to prepare by setting aside resources in advance. You may also want to consider putting some material(s) on Reserve. Keep in mind that we won’t have copies of the same title for every student.

Library Databases 

Currently, (approximately) 37 separate and distinct databases (computerized magazine and journal indexes and other informational directories), are available in the library. These databases offer mostly full-text articles.  These databases can be accessed from off-campus via the Internet. A partial list:

General OneFile/Academic Onefile  General Interest/Comprehensive/ (viable for most topics) full-text popular magazine and  journal articles.

Business & Company Resource Center  Comprehensive Business and Industry information.

ABI/Inform Global  Worldwide Business & Management articles.

Literature Resource Center  Biographical information about authors and criticism of their works.

Opposing Viewpoints/Issues  Articles, essays, documents, etc. on controversial, current event topics.

Health and Wellness Resource Center  Health/Medical/Psychological, a large database
with periodical articles and excerpts from reference books and pamphlets.

Ethnic Newswatch  Indexes smaller publications representing National, Ethnic, & Racial groups.              

¬°Informe!  Spanish-language magazine index.              

Library Computers              

The library is one of the areas providing computer services to HCC students, faculty, and staff. The role of the library, and therefore the purpose of library computers, is to provide access to information. The computers are intended primarily for academic and research use. Access is provided for the following areas:

Catalog:           For locating and gaining access to any books, videos, DVDs, or CDs that are found in the library.

Databases:       For accessing full-text magazine, newspaper articles and other proprietary information via online periodical indexes and directories. 

Internet:           For access to the Internet for purposes of academic and research use.

Let us know if you would like an individual library tour or in-depth look at any particular aspect of library collections or services.

 If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:
Peter Everett, Public Services Librarian
x5074 or