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Clark adheres to the following policies as part of its mission to provide resources and services that support teaching and research across the University. We are proud to provide a welcoming setting that is conducive to independent learning and a collaborative educational process for all. If you have any questions regarding the policies listed on this page, please contact us at

Books from the Goddard Library may be borrowed by students, faculty, and staff for the following loan terms:

  • Undergraduates – semester loan
  • Graduate students – semester loan
  • Faculty – semester loan
  • Honors students – semester loan
  • All other borrowers – 28 day loan


  • Leisure books may be borrowed for two weeks and then renewed twice.
  • Reference materials and periodicals may not be borrowed.

Books may be renewed up to three times if they are not requested by another borrower. Visit the library website to renew your materials. Items recalled by another patron and those so overdue that they are considered lost cannot be renewed and must be returned to the library.

The Goddard Library accepts materials donations that support the research and teaching needs of Clark University, with the following conditions: 1) a detailed list of materials must be submitted to library for review by library staff prior to acceptance of any gifts, 2) decisions about adding materials to the collections rest with library staff, 3) any materials given to the library may be removed from the collection at any time and the library reserves the right to dispose of materials through sale or other means.

  • Research services and support (contact
  • Book borrowing (28-day loan period)
  • Digital access to archival collections finding aids, images, and Pasticcios (1925-present) through Clark’s Digital Commons
  • Archives research support and access to The Scarlet, yearbooks, historical course catalogs, theses and dissertations, and more (contact
  • Access to all public programming and book talks offered through Goddard Library
  • On-site access to most databases in the library’s A-Z Database List (please note that remote access is not available due to license restrictions)

Clark community members must comply with the Clark Commitment when using the Goddard Library. Masks must be worn at all times with few exceptions. Masks may not be removed to make video or phone calls or in the instance that food is present; library users may only remove masks when they are actively eating or drinking.


Library staff will notify the Dean of Students Office or a work supervisor when we observe non-compliance issues.  

Visitors to Goddard Library who are not current students, faculty, or staff must comply with Clark’s Visitors Policy.

For additional information about Clark’s COVID response please visit Healthy Clark COVID Plan.


Thank you for your help in ensuring a welcoming and safe environment in the library.

Contact Information

Robert H. Goddard Library

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