Apr 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Harrison Libraries

Harrison Libraries

Harrison Libraries are the William H. Mortensen and Mildred P. Allen Memorial Libraries. Mortensen and Allen, located in the middle of the Harry Jack Gray Center, are convenient both to residential halls and to academic facilities.

Mortensen Library, the general library, houses collections in the arts, sciences, and humanities; the University archives; the education curriculum materials collection; and a special collection in Judaica. The Allen Library is located on the lower leve of the Harrson Libraries houses music, dance, and related performing arts resources.

The Mortensen Library collection has books, journals, microforms, videos, and DVDs. Scholarly journal subscriptions in electronic and paper form are maintained and supplemented by numerous databases. The Library offers PCs, iMacs, iPads, and laptops, as well as ten collaborative computer pods (cPods), are available in Mortensen Library. The Mortensen Library also offers a variety of equipment, white boards, prayer rugs, head phones, and game boards for library use.  Academically appropriate Internet subject resources may be accessed through the library network

Extensive University Libraries Web pages may be accessed at http://library.hartford.edu. The website includes a search box that helps users identify and locate all scholarly resources managed by University Libraries, including books, online or paper journal subscriptions, musical scores, audio and video recordings, and research databases. Additionally, University community members with University of Hartford e-mail accounts (available from Information Technology Services) may access restricted databases and electronic journals from outside the campus network.

The Mortensen Library serves the general University community, offering reference and instructional programs. Formal instruction is conducted in the Woods Family Classroom and the KF Room, located on the main level. Library hours of operation may be found at http://library.hartford.edu. Special hours are observed during the summer and holidays. There are videotape and DVD workstations in Mortensen Library for viewing the growing collection of videotapes and DVDs. Group study areas are available. The Mortensen Library also offers the Dorothy Goodwin Café, a welcoming space for the entire community.

The Mildred P. Allen Memorial Library, located on the lower level of the Harrison Libraries, provides reference, circulating, and online materials in the fields of music, dance, music theatre, and related arts.  The Allen Library’s collections, services, and facilities are open to the entire University community.

The Allen Library’s holdings include books and bound journals on music and dance, musical scores, sound recordings (including recordings of Hartt operas, concerts, and recitals), and DVDs and videocassettes. Thousands of additional audio tracks are streamed online. Subscriptions to online and print journals allow students and faculty to remain abreast of current research.

In addition, the Allen Library website presents extensive resources in, and finding aids for, music, dance, theatre, and related performing arts (http://library.hartford.edu/allenlibrary).

The Allen Library’s facilities include public iMacs; all provide access to Microsoft Office, online resources, and some music software.  Macbooks and  PC laptops are available for brief checkout; Macbooks have music notation software, (Finale). Digital camcorders, audio Zoom recorders, USB microphones, tripods, and iPads are available for checkout for one to three days (depending on items).  CD players, turntables, cassette players, and DVD/VHS players, installed at carrels and in three listening rooms, are available for listening to and viewing items. Self-service photocopiers, printers and a public scanner are located near the public computers. Two seminar rooms (one large, one small) with AV and computer projection are available for teaching, group study, and meetings. Reading and study areas have wireless Internet access.

The Allen Library hours may be found at http://library.hartford.edu. Special hours are observed during the summer and holidays.

Interlibrary resource-sharing services are supplemented by the libraries of the colleges and universities in the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; all consortium libraries are open to University of Hartford students and faculty for research and reference. Faculty, staff, and students at 44 Connecticut institutions of higher education may also borrow resources from Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors participating institutions. Ask at the Mortensen Library Circulation Desk for information. Students who obtain a borrowing card from a Connecticut public library may borrow from all public libraries in the state.