A major renovation and restoration project will preserve the iconic Goddard Library as Clark University’s academic and student hub for years to come. Located at the center of campus, the library is an ideal spot for students to meet up for studying or just a cup of coffee. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
Roof and Brickwork
Library renovations include replacing roofs and refurbishing roof drains; replacing flashing around the main roof skylights; and repointing and selectively replacing worn brick over the entire building. This delicate and technical work involves ongoing discovery, attention to architectural detail, and frequent adjustments. It is expected to be complete no earlier than late 2023.
Selective Window Replacement
Following the work on roofs and masonry, a number of the original windows, which are now over 50 years old, will be selectively replaced.
Places to Gather
The library is more than a place just to study. Cougar Cafe in Goddard Library gives students a place to connect in between classes for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.
Academic Commons (“the AC”) on the library’s first floor has seen many student events over the years, including undergraduate research festivals.
Opening in 1969
The Brutalist-style Robert Hutchings Goddard Library opened to much fanfare on May 19, 1969, when astronaut Buzz Aldrin, son of Clark alumnus Edwin Aldrin Sr., cut the ribbon just two months before walking on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.
Who was Robert H. Goddard?
The library is named for Robert H. Goddard, the Clark physics professor and alumnus whose rocketry experiments formed the foundation of the modern space program. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1959.
Goddard Library collections, services, spaces, and events