Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

Library Hours

  Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Aim and Scope of the Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

(formerly the Marsh Research Library)

The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library is dedicated to higher learning and to supporting those who seek to expand their knowledge.  The primary mission of the Library is to support Clark University's extensive environmental research programs.  This includes but is not limited to programs conducted under the aegis of the George Perkins Marsh Research Institute, the School of Geography, and the Department of International Development, Community Planning and the Environment.  The Library is committed to serving the educational functions of the University and the broader community in order to further research related to sustainability and global environmental change, international development, and risk and hazards to society and the environment.

The Kasperson Research Library offers one of the most extensive research collections in North America on risks and hazards and global environmental change. In addition, the library collection includes holdings in technology, water and energy policy, and sustainability.  Some 25,000 books, technical reports and government documents make up the current collection. These include records of 1,500 hearings and reports of the U.S. Congress, 600 reports of the U.S. General Accounting Office and more than 2,000 articles on development. The library also receives approximately 260 journals, newsletters and other periodicals.

The Kasperson Research Library collects publications on relevant subjects from international, national and subnational institutions and is also one of the few libraries that systematically collects reports from national and international programs such as the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Diversitas, the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment and the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme. The library staff tracks international and regional treaties and protocols, national and subnational legislation and the initiatives of multinational corporations and trade associations. The library also maintains informal exchange agreements with 25 institutions worldwide.