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University of Hartford Libraries

200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

United States


Type: Library

Web site: http://library.hartford.edu

Description: The University Libraries consists of two main collections and several small special collections.

William H. Mortensen Library is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center between the Hartt School and the Hartford Art School, and serves as the University’s main library. The Mortensen Library houses approximately 450,000 books, 3,400 print and electronic journal titles, over 3,100 videotapes, microfilm and fiche, and online resources supporting the educational mission of the University. Its core collections are intended to satisfy the needs of the University's undergraduate students while providing access to resources for graduate students and faculty. It is open 91.5 hours every week during the academic year.

Mildred P. Allen Library is located on the second floor of the Harry Jack Gray Center’s East Wing. The Allen Library houses reference and circulating materials in support of the University’s music, dance, and performing arts programs. Its holdings include 20,000 books; 400 print and electronic journal titles; 36,500 music scores; 700 DVDs and videocassettes; and over 21,000 sound recordings and thousands of tracks available through online audio databases. The audio collection includes thousands of recorded performances of Hartt faculty and students. The library is open 84.5 hours every week during the academic year.

The Mission of University Libraries is to provide a vital, information-rich environment central to the University and the education of its students, and to the intellectual, personal and social growth of the University community. In partnership with faculty, the Libraries are committed to the promotion of information and critical thinking skills that are essential to teaching, scholarship, research and professional training.
To achieve these ends, the Libraries foster academic inquiry, scholarly communication, and life-long learning by collecting, organizing, and disseminating information resources and by providing instruction in their use.

Special Collections: Note that materials in these collections, except Archives and MERL, are searchable in the Libraries Catalog.

Anne Bunce Cheney Art Collection includes art books and journals, exhibition catalogs and mounted reproductions. Books and journals are filed in the appropriate areas of the Mortensen Library. The Wadsworth Atheneum catalogs are in the Reserves area on the main floor. Reproductions are in the Art Plates Room on the upper level. Periodicals and reference books, as well as selected materials held on Reserve at Circulation, are for library use only.

Curriculum Lab, housed on the upper level of Mortensen Library, is funded by the University’s school of education. It consists of textbooks and other material of value to future and current primary and secondary teachers.

Hartt Performance Library, located on the third floor of The Hartt School, houses scores and parts for over 3,500 compositions for orchestra, wind ensemble and band, chorus, and arrangements for youth orchestra and youth wind ensemble and band, and is also home to Hartt faculty and student compositions. Information about these materials is included in the University Libraries' online catalog. The Performance Library also maintains a collection of instruments available to Hartt faculty and students for classes, practice, rehearsals, and performances. The Library is open weekdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm; extended hours may be arranged for evenings and weekends by special request. Additional information is available at 860.768.4464.

Leisure Collection, on the main level of Mortensen Library, consists of novels in English available for recreational or academic reading. Most materials are received through donations to the University Libraries.

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Millie and Irving Bercowetz Family Judaica Collection is on the upper level of Mortensen Library and contains books dealing with Jews and Judaism. Materials in Hebrew and Yiddish are included along with those in English.

Music Education Resource Library (MERL) is maintained by the Music Education Division of The Hartt School and contains general music methods books, instrumental methods books, orchestra and band scores, teacher training texts, dissertations, music appreciation texts, and choral music. The library’s holdings can be searched online; however, all materials must be used on site. The library is located in the Alfred C. Fuller Music Center (The Hartt School, Room 124). Hours are posted by semester.

Kalmen Opperman Music Collection. Donated by former Hartt School faculty member Kalmen Opperman, the collection includes over 400 pieces of music written for the clarinet and books about the clarinet. The collection is housed in the Allen Library.

University Archives and Special Collections consists of materials relating to the history and development of the University of Hartford. The Archivist collects and preserves the records and official documents generated by the University, its seven colleges, and its founding schools. While some material remains confidential, most can be accessed by appointment. Patrons must observe archival standards that are enforced to protect and preserve these materials. Donors may restrict access to materials. Where copying is permitted, it is handled by archival staff. Some materials in the University Archives are being digitized for online access.

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