Hoffman Family Library


The Hoffman Family Library is the intellectual hub of Goodwin’s community. The signature two-story space, overlooking the Connecticut River, combines the best of traditional design with the latest technological tools. The Library's collaborative learning spaces provide leisure seating and research tables, group-study rooms, book stacks, periodical and newspaper areas, computer workstations, printers, and a copier. Wireless connectivity is available for library and student-owned laptops. Located on the second floor, the Learning Commons brings together the library and technology using a Media Scape for informal, collaborative, and creative projects. Faculty, staff, and students may checkout laptops, digital cameras, and headphones. The Maker Collection of books and the recently added 3-D printer represent the first steps in the creation of a library Maker Space meant to support students' creative projects.

Staff and Hours

The library staff includes the director, three full-time librarians, a part-time librarian, a library coordinator, and student workers. The library is open seven days a week with extended hours during exam weeks. Reference assistance is available in person, via phone and email, and online in real time via chat and text message.

Library without Walls

The library’s homepage at www.goodwin.edu/library is our virtual learning commons. Library users can search almost all of the library's research resources in a single platform with SingleSearch, an implementation of EBSCO Discovery Service. SingleSearch does not replace access to the individual research resources, which students and faculty can access via their original search interfaces using the list of databases provided on the library web site. The library manages its tangible materials catalog with an open source integrated library system, Koha, supported by ByWater Solutions-Shibboleth, an open-source user authentication application that provides single sign-on capabilities for Goodwin users off campus.


The library supports all of the college programs with open and equitable access to resources in a variety of formats. The collection is constantly changing with additions to in-house subscriptions, books, audio-visual materials, and artifacts. The library has responded to the demands for more electronic resources that include over 70 subscription research databases with hundreds of full-text articles and well over 1,000 films online. Library users have access to approximately 200,000 full-text academic and reference books online. Users have access to these resources both on and off campus. Through membership in the Connecticut Interlibrary Loan service, the library obtains research materials to supplement the library resources and shares its resources with over 400 libraries in Connecticut and other states.

Library Services

The library provides a variety of services for staff, faculty, and students including those in the Online Studies program. The library home page provides faculty and staff with forms for information literacy instruction, material requests to expand the collection, and reserve requests.

The staff is actively involved in curriculum support services and has developed faculty partnerships to strengthen learning outcomes for students. Web and video tutorials on all aspects of metaliteracy reinforce faculty instruction for students. Students use Guides for Citing and Writing, subject resources, and LibGuides on general and specialized topics.

The library puts strong emphasis on teaching information literacy and technology skills. All freshmen are introduced to the library resources and information literacy through several courses. New students who enter the college with 6 or more transferable collegiate credits meet the information literacy requirement by enrolling in and completing ASD 110, a non-credit, self-paced tutorial. All students who do not have 6 or more transferable collegiate credits take ASD 120 - The College Experience. Further, the library staff is available to faculty and their classes to introduce and reinforce information literacy skills to provide their students with effective research techniques. Particular skills are introduced in the foundational courses and customized instruction is provided in advanced courses. One-on-one consultations are also available for students who need more assistance. All students and members of the Goodwin Community can receive help on a daily basis during the library’s operational hours. Professional development workshops are also provided to introduce new resources and metaliteracy tools.

Special Collections

The Hoffman Family Library is honored to house and maintain The Alex Haley Special Collection Archive. Items from the collection are in continuous display on the first floor. The library also continuously displays art in many formats, including unique sculptures from Zimbabwe, hand-crafted historical ship models, paintings, and other local collections.


DigitalCommons@Goodwin College is an online repository and publishing system that highlights college scholarship of various types: journal articles, dissertations, theses, creative writing, and professional presentations. DigitalCommons is part of an open access initiative and provides open and free access to the scholarly and creative works produced by Goodwin students, faculty, and staff. This repository increases the visibility of our scholarship and encourages collaboration and innovation in order to create new knowledge.