Mortensen and Allen libraries are both located in the Harrison University Libraries in the Harry Jak Gray Cener. The general library, Mortensen, spans all three levels . Phone: 860.768.4264. Allen Library, the music/dance library, is on the lower level. Phone: 860.768.4491.
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Yes, see floor plans for all three levels of the library.
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University of Hartford faculty, staff, and students must present a current University ID to borrow materials from any of the libraries. Alumni may obtain borrower cards with proof of their status (available during office hours or by mail from Office of Alumni Relations). Members of the community may purchase guest borrower cards for $50 per year. For more information, see Mortensen Borrowing and Allen Borrowing.
All of the libraries' periodicals must be used in the library. They cannot be borrowed. However, also see Can I do my research from home below?
Use the Libraries Catalog to search for books, scores, videos, sound recordings, etc.
University faculty, staff, and students may request books, scores or copies of articles from periodicals we don't own through Interlibrary Services. This service is not available to non-University users, who should contact their local library for information about ILL. Call 860.768.4364 for additional information.
The libraries buy materials to supplement your textbooks and assist in your research. We do not buy textbooks. Occasionally, a textbook may be given to the libraries. You can search the Libraries Catalog, using the author or title, but be aware that the textbooks in the libraries are usually older editions. If the bookstore does not have your textbook, ask your professor to put a copy on reserve.
Reference librarians are available in the libraries to assist you. You can visit or call Reference Services at Mortensen (860.768.4142) or Allen (860.768.4491), chat with an online librarian (use the blue box in the right column on this page), or email. Depending on how much information you need, the librarian may suggest that you to come in for more in-depth assistance.
We have an online Research Tutorial that introduces the basics of doing library research. You can do all or part of it, as you need.
Librarians will make appointments with University students, faculty, or staff for individual instruction. See Library Instruction. They will also schedule customized instruction for a class or another University group. Call Mortensen (860.768.4142) or Allen (860.768.4491). Non-University groups may visit the library by prior arrangement.
Many library research tools are available through the web. The Libraries Catalog, the list of eJournals locator, and University Libraries web pages can be used by anyone on or off campus, regardless of University affiliation. Most of the libraries' other research databas locator can be used by anyone on campus, but require a student, faculty, or staff University email account to access from off campus. These restrictions are part of the subscription agreements we sign with information vendors. For more information, see Off-Campus Access.
University faculty, staff, and students may request books, scores, dissertations, or copies of articles from periodicals we don't own through Interlibrary Services. Call 860.768.4364 for additional information. This service is not available to non-University users, who should contact their local libraries for information about ILL
Assigned materials for a class are set aside in the library ("reserved") and loaned for brief time periods so that all students have equal access to them. Reserve materials may include books, lecture notes, problem sets, musical scores, CDs, DVDs, or VHS recordings. Most reserves are available for use in the library for two hours but the loan period is set by your professor. Overdue reserves are fined at $1 per hour. See Course Reserves.
Reserve articles are available online. You will need a University email account to login. See Off-Campus Access for more information to set this up. To view electronic reserves, see Mortensen Electronic Reserves or Allen Electronic Reserves.
Masters and doctoral students are required to bind their theses or dissertations as part of their degree requirements. Binding should be done through the Mortensen Library; this includes Hartt School students. See Thesis Binding for requirements, a checklist, and a bindery submission form that can be printed and submitted to the library. While the University Libraries accepts theses/dissertations for binding, binding is not done in-house. It can take 4-8 weeks for binding to be completed, so students should keep departmental guidelines in mind and submit items for binding as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays.
Holders of University email accounts have access to the University's wireless network from most areas in both libraries, as well as from the area immediately outside. Information about connecting to the network is available from the University's Wireless Information.
There are several computers (a technology "Users Branch") on the main level of Mortensen, staffed by Information Technology Services, which has a wide variety of software available. The Allen Library also has Macintosh computers (with dual boot to Windows) that has MS Office 2007. Printing in the Mortensen Users Branch and Allen is five cents per page.
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