Robert H. Goddard Library

Goddard Library at night.

Friends of Goddard Library

About the Friends of Goddard Library

The Friends of Robert Hutchings Goddard Library at Clark University was established in 1972. It is notable in that it is the only Friends group for an academic library in the Worcester area. Its purpose, stated in the Bylaws, is to provide and attract new financial support to enrich the basic collections and activities of the Goddard Library; to provide and attract special collections, rare books, manuscripts, and other library resources; to provide support for the Goddard Collection; to sponsor special projects or programs; to provide a more thorough understanding of the Goddard Library and its role in Clark's future; to serve as a medium through which persons can advance their own intellectual pursuits and share their enthusiasm for books.

The Friends have supported a wide variety of programs and items, including but not limited to the Library's preservation program; Goddard's integrated Endeavor Voyager information system; the electronic reference area; a teaching-oriented video collection; and acquisitions for new tenure-track faculty. They also support the Library's Leisure Reading program. One of the their most recent initiatives has been publication of Alice Coonley Higgins' 1999 work "Our Magic Odyssey." How to order.

Programs of the Friends 2016-2017

The Friends sponsor several, free public events each year. This year's Friends programs include:

  • April 12 – Pulitzer Prize Winner Megan Marshall will speak about her biography and memoir, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast. This event will be at Tilton Hall beginning with a $10 advance ticket requirement for the reception from 7:00 – 7:30. Ms. Marshall’s presentation is free and open to the public following the reception at 7:30.
  • March 15 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) --Professor Meredith Neuman will speak on her teaching and research in the fields of early and nineteenth-century American Literature
  • November 9 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Dr. Christopher Phillips of Lafayette College, a Frederick Burkhardt Fellow at AAS, will discuss the intellectual impact of 19th-century poetry on children's print culture of the period.
  • October 12 (4:00 - 6:00pm) -- James Welu, Worcester Art Museum's Director Emeritus, will speak about his love of art and his lifetime of experiences at the WAM".
  • Annual Friends Book Sale: September 29-30, 8:00am - 3:30pm : Thousands of donated books will be on sale. Most books will be priced $1.00 or less. Friday all used books will be half price. In the Goddard Library Academic Commons (plaza level). For more information, call Mott Linn at x7572.

All events are free and open to the public except where noted. Please call Marcia Stech at 508-793-7573 or email FGL@clarku.edu in advance to reserve your place. Programs held in the Rare Book Room of Goddard Library begin with refreshments at 4:00 p.m. and the speaker(s) presenting at 4:30 p.m.

Membership and Gifts

Membership is open to all who wish to consider themselves Friends of the Goddard Library. Membership categories include:

Student $10
Friend $30
Bibliophage $50
Bibliotaphe $100
Bibliophile $250
Scholar $500
Fellow $1000

For additional membership information, call the Goddard Library Administrative Assistant Marcia Stech, 508-793-7573.

You can now make an online gift to the Friends. Please choose the level of your donation to the Friends of Goddard Library.