Janice Wilson, Interim Director of Library Services, (860) 465-4466
www.easternct.edu/smithlibrary, Toll-free: (877) 587-8693
Introduction to Services and Collections
The Smith Library offers services that will help you find, access, and use relevant electronic and print resources that lead to academic success and personal growth. We are here to assist you, guide you, and support you 94 hours per week, Sunday through Saturday, during the academic semesters. Enjoy the air-conditioned, 127 square foot, wireless, four-story building where there are 900 seats to choose from, 28 reservable spaces for individual or group study, ninety computers, several scanners, copiers, a fax machine, and printers, including a color printer. Our resources include 130+ online databases consisting of hundreds of thousands of full-text articles that can be accessed 24/7 from on or off campus. The print and media collection holds over 400,000 books, eBooks, DVDs, and CDs, and 500+ journals. We have several special collections, for example, course reserves, career center, curriculum center, archives, government documents, and leisure. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to provide reference assistance at our Reference Desk, information literacy education at our workshops and class sessions, and help accessing, requesting, and borrowing materials at our Circulation Desk.
Reference Librarians are located at the Reference Desk on the second floor. They are experts in helping you discover the best resources for your research paper. Besides walk-up service which is provided approximately 75 hours per week, often as late as 10:00 p.m., you can phone, chat or email us with your questions. Our informative Research Guides can be accessed online 24/7.
Information Literacy Services
You may encounter our information literacy curriculum in your classrooms and in the Library’s User Education Room. The skills and concepts covered serve students well while in school and for life. Learning about information, how to evaluate it, how to formulate inquiries, how to search strategically and ultimately how to create it make it highly advantageous for all students to take advantage of these services.
The Circulation Desk is open 94 hours per week, Sunday through Saturday, and is located on the second floor near the entrance. An Eastern ID is required to borrow materials, including circulating books and media, study room keys, course reserves, headphones, laptops and tablets, and use a locker. The online circulation system allows you to access your Library Patron Account and view your loans and due dates, renew materials, and see pending requests and any overdue fines.
Get it Services
The Library offers two free services that allow you to expand your research beyond Eastern. Quick Search allows you to request books from any of the state universities and community colleges from the Connecticut State College and University (CSCU) consortium. Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad (ILL) allows you to request books, articles, and book chapters from libraries nationwide.
Course Reserves Services
Faculty may determine that the students in their courses will benefit by having course readings, such as books (sometimes textbooks), electronic articles and/or chapters, made available for checkout at the Library. Students enrolled in these courses may then check these materials out on a short term basis in order to provide equal access during the semester.
Study Rooms Services
There are 28 study rooms for you to study, practice presentations, or collaborate in small groups. Room reservations are made on a walk-up basis or can be reserved in advance online. Room keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk with your Eastern ID.
Government Documents Collection
The Government Documents Collection located on the second floor of the library, consists of publications published by U.S. Federal, Connecticut State, and Canadian governmental departments and agencies. Government documents are collected in a variety of formats, including online, and can be located using the Library’s catalog.
Career Information Center
Located on the second floor near Current Periodicals, the Career Information Center is administered in cooperation with Eastern’s Center for Internships and Career Development. Books and other materials are available on careers and occupations by major, on job-searching and interviewing skills, resume writing techniques, and test preparation materials for the GRE, Praxis, TOEFL, GMAT, LSAT and CLEP.
Center for Connecticut Studies
The Center for Connecticut Studies collects primary and secondary source materials on the state’s history and development, with a particular focus on Windham, Tolland, and New London counties. The collection includes bibliographies, monographs, and dissertations; town and local histories; Connecticut newspapers on microfilm; Connecticut census records on microfilm from 1790 to 1930; official records for the Town of Windham and the City of Willimantic; the David E. Philips Connecticut Folklore Collection; and a collection of historical textbooks. Materials in the Center for Connecticut Studies do not circulate.
The Curriculum Center located on the first floor supports our pre K-12 teacher education program and the needs and initiatives that enrich the greater university community. Staff introduce and demonstrate to patrons how to incorporate material and technology found in the center into their course assignments and classrooms. We offer information literacy instruction sessions, one-on-one “Reserve a Librarian,” readers’ advisory services to education majors and faculty, as well as workshops and yearly events with outside speakers. Staff in the center also maintain services at a small library at the Child and Family Development Resource Center, called “Ella’s Library Nook-A Special Place for Family Reading Time.”
The University Archives contain records and publications documenting the history of the University from 1889 to present. Materials include class yearbooks, college catalogs, student newspapers, student literary publications, faculty papers, club and committee minutes, student and faculty minutes, artifacts, and photographs. Eastern theses are also housed in the archives. Materials in the archives do not circulate.
For more information, walk-in, call (860-465-4506 Circulation, 860-465-4699 Reference), chat, email, or visit the Library’s web site at www.easternct.edu/smithlibrary.