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 (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 email@example.com.
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.
(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:
Onefile General Interest/Comprehensive/ (viable for most topics)
full-text popular magazine and journal articles.
Company Resource Center Comprehensive Business and Industry
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.
Wellness Resource Center Health/Medical/Psychological, a large
with periodical articles and excerpts from reference books and pamphlets.
Ethnic Newswatch Indexes smaller publications representing National, Ethnic, & Racial
¡Informe! Spanish-language magazine index.
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
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