Hoffman Family Library

Library Policies

Borrowing Materials

Your student, faculty or staff Goodwin College ID is your library card. Faculty or academic staff may authorize a currently enrolled student or staff member as a proxy to check out library materials in the faculty member's name. The individual faculty or academic staff member agrees to be responsible for returning or renewing materials on time and paying any replacement bills for books that are lost or damaged.

Cell Phone Policy

Talking on your cellphone is prohibited in the Hoffman Family Library. Failure to comply with requests will result in being asked to leave the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

Children in Library

The Hoffman Family Library welcomes children on the following conditions:

  • children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • children may not be overly loud or cause a disruption

Any children not meeting these criteria will be asked to leave along with their responsible adult. What constitutes a disruption will be determined at the discretion of the library staff.

Code of Conduct

The Hoffman Family Library wishes to maintain a safe and comfortable environment conducive to study and the use of information resources. Library users are expected show consideration for other users and for members of the Library staff.

All users are required to abide by the Library's borrowing and lending rules which have been designed to provide for the best service for all users.

The following activities are not allowed in the Library:

  • Leaving personal belongings unattended inside the Library; using personal belongings to reserve space or equipment, preventing them from being used by other patrons
  • Theft and/or misappropriation of Library or another user's property
  • Vandalism; abuse or misuse of Library equipment or property
  • Talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in other disruptive behavior; playing of audiovisual equipment that others can hear
  • Talking on cell phones is not permitted in the library
  • Interfering with another person's use of the Library; harassment, verbal abuse of other Library users
  • Interfering with Library staff's performance of their duties; harassment, verbal abuse of staff members
  • Refusing to leave the premises at Library closing time
  • Refusing to discontinue use of equipment, such as computers, printers or copy machines, after closing announcements.
  • Physical violence or the threat of physical violence
  • Failing to report and surrender any lost items or money found on Library premises to Library staff

Disciplinary action will be taken and students may be suspended or expelled permanently from using the library for violation of any of the above rules.

Use of Reserve Materials

Reserve materials may be checked out for in-house use only by presenting your current Goodwin student ID to the library staff. The ID will be held at the Circulation Desk until the reserve materials are returned. Students may only have one reserve item checked out at a time. All reserve materials need to be returned to the Circulation Desk 15 minutes before closing time.

Filming and Photography in the Library

Filming and the photography of the library facilities, personnel or patrons must be arranged with the Library Director. Requests should include information regarding the desired date, location within the Library, type of equipment being used, etc. It is also requested that proper credit be given to the Library in the credits. If people are being filmed or photographed, the appropriate paperwork must be completed according to college policy.

Food and Drink in the Library

Please help preserve the Hoffman Family Library’s collections for future generations.
It is the policy of the Hoffman Family Library to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of library materials and conducive to study. To that effort, covered beverages only are allowed in the library. The Library reserves the right to ask any user to remove his/her food and/or beverage from the library if in the judgment of the staff it constitutes a violation of this policy.
In order to conserve library resources and provide a comfortable environment for all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bring covered beverages only
  • Enjoy your snacks and meals in the student lounge
  • Deliveries of food to the library are not permitted. An exception is made for scheduled, catered events taking place in the Library.
  • Unattended beverages are subject to being disposed of by staff.
  • Clean up any spills right away—if additional assistance is needed, contact library staff at any desk.

The consumption of any food or beverage is specifically prohibited when using the Special Collections. 

Interlibrary Loan

The Library supports the instructional and research needs of Goodwin's students, faculty and staff by obtaining materials which are not available at its library. Please use this form to request an ILL.

Printing and Photocopying

The library does not charge for printing, however we ask students to be mindful of wasting paper. PowerPoint slides MUST be printed 3 to a page. Please notify library staff immediately if you need help printing. Plan your printing: allow yourself enough time to print what you need. The library has one photocopier available. The charge for copies is 10 cents/side. You may use coins or dollar bills. The library staff cannot make change.

Use of Group Study Rooms

The library has three group study rooms available for use by the Goodwin community. These rooms provide a place for students wishing to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups. Each room is equipped with a white board. One room is available for viewing DVDs or videos. Study rooms may be reserved. Rooms are available for use on a first-come-first-serve basis by anyone in the library if no reservation is pending. Reserved rooms not occupied 10 minutes after reserved time will be considered forfeited. Rooms must be vacated at the end of the reserved time.

  • All students using the study rooms must provide a current Goodwin ID to a library staff member at the circulation desk.
  • Rooms may be reserved for a 2-hour block per day per group during library hours. If no other groups are scheduled, the reservation can be extended for a maximum of one additional hour.
  • Reserve group study rooms are not intended for use by only one person. An individual using a reserve group study room may be required to vacate the room in favor of a group when asked to do so by the Library Staff. Individual use of the study rooms cannot be extended beyond two hours per day.
  • Reservations can only be made by a student at the Circulation Desk for the same day use. No telephone or email reservations will be accepted.
  • Any personal belongings left unattended will be removed and taken to the Security Desk, and the room will be made available to others.
  • Patrons using the group study rooms are required to comply with the library "Code of Conduct" and the "No Food" policy. Anyone found violating these rules will be asked to leave the study room.
  • Study rooms must be vacated at the end of the reservation time, even if no additional room reservations are pending.
  • Study rooms must be vacated 15 minutes prior to the library closing time.

Public Use Policy

Recognizing that the primary mission of the Hoffman Family Library is to provide high-quality materials and services to Goodwin College students, faculty and staff, the library limits use by the general public as follows:

  • Members of the general public that need to use the Library's print materials are welcome to do so by prior appointment only; please contact the library staff at 860-913-2042 to make arrangements
  • Researchers interested in working with the Library's Special Collections, including the Haley and King collections, should email Reference Librarian Cynthia Hunt at chunt.goodwin.edu for guidelines on requesting access. Please note: the Library's Special Collections are not housed on site and are never available on a walk-in basis
  • Guests of Goodwin College students, faculty and staff are welcome while accompanied by a college community member
  • Family members of prospective students who are on campus are welcome after registering as "visitors" at the front desk

The Hoffman Family Library is not able to serve in the capacity of a public library: use of computers, printers or library physical space by members of the public is not allowed.