Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2022     Views: 117

You can borrow items from the public library in the town where you live.  With a library card from a Connecticut public library, you can also borrow items from other Connecticut public libraries and access online resources (including downloadable audiobooks and genealogical databases) that aren’t part of the Sacred Heart University library collection.

While many universities welcome guests at their libraries, there are usually restrictions on guest borrowing and access to databases.  If another university has an item you need, ask a reference librarian to contact the university library on your behalf to find out how to proceed.

Many other special interest libraries are open to the public.  Some offer circulating collections, while others are for on-site research only.  Below are links to the websites of some Connecticut special libraries.  A reference librarian can help you find other special libraries to support your research project.

Art – Auerbach Art Library (Wadsworth Atheneum); Reference Library & Archives (Yale Center for British Art) 

Education – SERC (State Education Resource Center); Connecticut Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Health & Medicine – Connecticut Clearinghouse (Wheeler Clinic); Harvey Cushing/John Jay Whitney Library (Yale University Medical School); Hartford Medical Society Library; Lyman Maynard Stowe Library (University of Connecticut Health Center)

History – Connecticut State Library; Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library; Fairfield Museum & History Center; Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; Mashantucket Museum & Research Center

Law – Connecticut Judicial Branch Libraries; University of Connecticut School of Law Library

Maritime Life – G.W. Blunt White Library (Mystic Seaport); Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library (Custom House Maritime Museum)

Music – Scherer Library of Musical Theater (Goodspeed Opera House)

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