Harrison Libraries

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The Harrison Libraries provide a wide range of services and resources to all University of Hartford students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Where and When

front of Harrison Library in the Harry Jack Gray Center

The Libraries are located in the Harry Jack Gray Center, near the center of campus.

We Can Help!

students working together in the library

Have a question about your library account?
Call or visit the service desk at Mortensen Library (860.768.4264) or Allen Library (860.768.4491).

Need help with your research?
Learn the basics with our Research Tutorial or see our Get Help page to contact us!

Want to contact someone in a specific department?
Find a staff member's email or phone number using the listing by department.

Using Library Resources

The Harrison Libraries house physical materials you can use in the building or borrow and take with you. We also provide access to a wide range of electronic resources available on campus to all users and off campus to students, faculty, and staff.

A Library Nook

The library has numerous group study spaces available to all library users. We know that the library is a popular destination for studying, collaborative project work, and a range of other creative activities. We have plenty of spaces to fit your needs.

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A New Reality

UHart is at the cutting edge of new technologies, driving development and creating the next generation of scientists, developers and entrepreneurs. Virtual and augmented reality technologies are at the frontier of development right now; and change is happening at a frenetic pace.

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Take a Break

Starbucks, the most popular place to get coffee on campus, is located inside the Harrison Libraries building. It has a large variety of beverages, grab and go food, snacks, baked goods, and Starbucks merchandise.

All Dining Options

ILL—Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services allow students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not owned by the Harrison Libraries from other libraries around the world.

Learn more about ILL
OER—Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) materials are low- to no-cost to students and available in multiple formats for different learning styles.

Learn about UHart's OER initiatives


How many items can I borrow, and for how long?

Our borrowing policies vary depending on the item type, holding library, and whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, alumni, or other user. See our borrowing policies for more information.

Where can I work with a group in the Harrison Libraries?

Students working around a laptop at a library table
Study table on the upper level.
room with four chairs and various equipment for listening and viewing audio/visual materials
Allen Library listening/viewing room

There are a wide range of choices!

We have C-Pods and tables with computer monitors on the main level of the building, and private rooms on the third floor (check out a key at the Mortensen circulation desk).

For rooms with special listening and viewing equipment, try one of the Allen Library listening/viewing rooms.

If you just need some comfy chairs or a table, try exploring our many open study spaces on all three floors of the building!


Can I find my textbooks at the Libraries?

The Libraries do not own all textbooks for all university courses. However, some select textbooks may be on reserve for your course, and (less often) may be available on the main shelves. Search for your class in our Course Reserves lists, or search the book title and author in the library catalog.

How do I find a UHart thesis or dissertation?

You can check to see if the thesis or dissertation you need is online via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.

If you can't find it via ProQuest, search the library catalog to see if the thesis is available in print or on microfilm. All microfilm is located on the lower level of the Harrison Libraries.

How do I apply to work at the Libraries?

The libraries employ a large number of student workers, both with and without work-study awards. Pick up an application at the Allen or Mortensen circulation desk, or find more information on our Employment page.

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