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Library Building Facts


  • Opened in January, 1999
  • 127,000 square feet
  • The library atrium is built with 110,000 bricks
  • Contemporary design with a Collegiate Georgian Influence
  • Tall windows, a stained glass window designed by David Wilson using dichroic glass, a reading garden, terrace with several quiet spots
  • "Sunbench" designed by Clyde Lynds using fiberoptics imbedded in concrete, form ever-changing lighted images with two themes: microcosm and macrocosm
  • Recipient of the 1999 Excellence Award from the International Masonry Institute
  • Four floors with seating to accommodate 914 patrons
  • Shelving capacity to hold over 520,000 volumes
  • Computer-networked seminar, group study, research and conference rooms
  • Fiberoptic and level 5+ infrastructure
  • 90+ computers for students and faculty use; placed on all four floors with access to the library catalog and over 120 databases; Internet accessible
  • Guest Wi-Fi access to Internet and library resources

First Floor

  • Academic Success Center (Access from Atrium/outside only)
  • Library Cafe (Access from Atrium/outside only)
  • Curriculum Center (Access from 2nd floor of Library only)
  • Curriculum Computer Lab in cooperation with NASA Space Center is primarily for student teachers, guest teachers, students and faculty from Education Department. G3s provide access to K-12 educational software
  • Digitizers for users to read, print, download, or e-mail information from microfilm or microfiche
  • Microform collection, consists of reprints of American and British historical primary documents
  • Michael Borders' print: "Hope for the Twenty-first Century"
  • Touch-screen Flatbed document scanner

Second Floor

  • Paul E. Johnson, Sr., Community Conference Room outfitted with wireless mic and data; customizable lighting, stained glass window
  • Frances Karlyn Zittel User Education Room, equipped with smart-classroom instructor station (DVD playback, document camera, microphone, projector, Net Op instructor control) used by librarians to demonstrate information resource systems and instruct users in research techniques.
  • Depository for Government Documents
  • Periodicals Reading Area
  • Circulation/Access Services
  • Reference Collection and Services
  • Public access Internet connected workstations
  • Touch-screen Flatbed document scanner with document feeder
  • Helene Hernmarck's Tapestry: "Open Door-Open Book"
  • Claudia Widdiss' metal sculpture, "Healing Curtains"

Third Floor

  • The Collin B. Bennett Caribbean Collection
  • The Curran Family Group Study Room (332)
  • The Cheng Family Group Study Room (334)
  • General Circulation and Oversize Stacks
  • Seminar, Group Study and Research Study Rooms
  • Quiet study areas

Fourth Floor

  • Climate Controlled Archives and Special Collections Rooms
  • Center for Instructional Technology
  • Center for Connecticut Studies
  • John J. DelMonte, Jr. Listening Room


  • Over 400,000 volumes
  • Over 500 Journal Subscriptions on paper and almost 51,000 electronic journal subscriptions
  • 130+ Databases
  • Other library resources available on a consortium basis: Quick Search, OCLC, ResearchIT CT