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 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 2020-2021

Please join the Friends for an evening with Dr. Karen Sanchez-Eppler

‘Barbarous Cruel and Inhuman’: Nineteenth-Century Child Readers and Images of ‘Indians’ 

November 11, 2020, 7-8 pm.

Please join the Friends for an evening with Dr. Karen Sanchez-Eppler, L. Stanton Williams 1941 Professor of American Studies and English, and chair of American Studies at Amherst College. A recent Distinguished Scholar at the American Antiquarian Society, Dr. Sanchez-Eppler will share her work and research interests in 19th Century American literature and culture.  Her talk will focus on 19th Century depictions of Native Americans in writings by and for children. More about Dr. Sanchez-Eppler

This exciting event will be held virtually through the ZOOM web platform.  

RSVP to to receive a ZOOM Invitation that will include a link and password to the event.

Learn more about how you can support the Goddard Library. To join or renew your membership to Friends of Goddard Library please click the following link: