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Library / Learning Resource Center
The Housatonic Library provides resources and services in support of the academic programs of the College. To the extent possible, it also serves personal and non-curricular intellectual needs of the faculty, staff and students. Students come to the library to find information, do research, study in a pleasant atmosphere, and, sometimes, just to relax and read the newspaper or browse the Best Seller collection. The staff is helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Librarians are available to assist patrons during all hours of library operation. The Library maintains a web site at www.housatonic.edu/library.
The library maintains an open stack book collection of over 50,000 volumes and a print periodical collection of approximately 120 current titles. Books, with the exception of those in the Reference and Reserve sections, may be checked out. Periodicals are for use in the library only. The Media Services Department of the library maintains a substantial multi-media collection of film, CDs and audiobooks, most of which may be checked out. Media that cannot be checked out may be viewed and/or listened to by patrons in the library. The video collection offers feature films and educational titles in both VHS and DVD formats. Educational titles relate to all areas of the curriculum.
Electronic information resources offered by the library include many on-line databases providing full-text access to journal and newspaper articles and other reference sources. The databases cover the major curricular areas including literature, history, health, business, the social sciences, current news, and general information. The ReQuest database allows the patron to search the holdings of more than 441 Connecticut libraries. The library has computers, laptops, and collaborative computers for student use.
The library's extensive collection of books and other media can be searched in the HCC Online Catalog by using keyword, subject, author, or title. Students, faculty, and staff may use the interlibrary loan service to borrow books and articles from libraries worldwide.
Students may go to myCommNet (my.commnet.edu) for remote access to the catalog and to most of the online databases as well as to other library-related information.