Robert H. Goddard Library

Academic Facilities and Technology Support


Clark's library system provides extensive resources for learning across all disciplines, as well as for student and faculty research.

Clark's flagship library is named for Dr. Robert Goddard, the Clark physicist who invented the rocket technology that made space travel possible. As a cutting-edge facility for research, teaching and learning, Goddard Library centralizes academic and research support services for students and faculty.

Other libraries with specialized collections on campus include:

Carlson Science Library
Guy Burnham Map and Aerial Photography Library
Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library (environmental studies)
Language Arts Resource Center
Peace Studies Library
Rose Library at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Traina Center Resource Library (visual and performing arts)
Women's and Gender Studies Library

Clark students can also borrow materials directly from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and College of the Holy Cross libraries. They can use materials on site at the other consortium libraries or access them through interlibrary loan.

Science Facilities

Clark's state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly Center for Bioscience houses research laboratories, flexible teaching laboratories to accommodate a variety of instructional approaches, laboratory support to allow significant shared equipment, classroom and seminar rooms with state-of-the-art technology and faculty offices near the laboratories. Lasry Center has received Gold certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

The Sackler Center and affiliated buildings include many newly renovated research, teaching and office spaces used by faculty and their students in biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, mathematics and computer science.

Learn more about science facilities for biology, chemistry and physics.

Visual and Performing Arts Facilities

Opened in 2002, the Traina Center is a state-of-the-art facility for the visual and performing arts. The complex consists of a completely remodeled late-19th-century brick school building of Richardsonian design with a newly built hall for lectures, recitals and screenings. Studios for painting, drawing and graphic design, together with a print-making studio, photography darkroom, exhibition gallery, visual resource library, multimedia center and high-tech classrooms, create an integrated environment for the study, creation, display and performance of studio art, art history, music, theater arts and film.

The Little Center is devoted to the creation of theatrical performances and includes a black-box theater, experimental theater, costume shop, design workshop, practice studio and classroom. The building also includes a fully equipped sculpture studio and a dark room for studio art honors majors in photography.

Estabrook Hall contains music classrooms, practice rooms, the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Center for Music, and senior studios for advanced studio art students.

Learn more about the Traina Center, the Little Center and Estabrook Hall.

Technology Support

Technology will play a large part in your every day academic life at Clark. For example, you will:

  • Register for classes and check grades online.
  • Use your Clark e-mail account to communicate with faculty and other students.
  • Save your papers and presentations in network-based file storage.
  • Access Web-based course material.
  • Read electronic reserves hosted by the Goddard Library.

The Clark Network—Wired and Wireless

All residence hall rooms have wired ClarkNet access, which requires an Ethernet cable. Students also have the option of upgrading to a Charter Broadband connection in their rooms to get even faster Internet access. The high-speed wireless network, Clark WiFi, is also available from many public areas across campus.

Computer to Campus

Clark recommends that students have their own computer equipment to support their academic work. Our Information Technology Services Office (ITS) offers advice and support services for choosing and maintaining student personal computers. ITS also runs a Help Desk until 10 p.m. on weekdays. Learn more about ITS services.