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.

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 join, renew your membership, or make a gift online to the Friends by clicking here.


Programs of the Friends 2017-2018

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

  • September 28-29 – Friends Fall Book Sale at Goddard Library from 8am - 3:30pm. For more information, call Mott Linn at x7572
  • October 11 --Joyce Mandell from Jane Jacobs in the Woo will speak on the Worcester urban scene and sustainability.
  • November 8 - Dr. Peter Onuf, Distinguished Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and Jeffersonian Scholar from the University of Virginia will discuss his current research.
  • March 14 - Geoffrey Dickinson, WPL Director, will speak on the current state of public libraries.
  • April 11 - Tina Zlody, Co-founder and Co-director of stART on the Street, will speak on the arts and Worcester.

All events are free and open to the public except where noted. Please call Marcia Stech at 508-793-7573 or email 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.