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.

Attention bibliophiles!  Please consider entering the Friends Annual Nicholar Basbanes Student Book Collecting Contest.  Cash prizes!  Deadline for entry is February 7, 2020.

Programs of the Friends 2019-2020

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

  • September 26-27 – Friends Fall Book Sale at Goddard Library from 8am - 3:30pm. There will be over 7,000 donated books available. The books are $1 for hardcovers and 50¢ for paperbacks. The only exception is several separated tables with over 400 books individually priced from $3 to $25. Books are sold at 1/2 price on Friday! . If you have questions, please email Marcia Stech ( or 508-793-7573. Visitors can park on the top floor of the Kneller garage at Clark University.
  • October 16 -- Award-winning MIT and Woods Hole marine biologist (and Clark alum) Dr. Judith Pederson on invasive marine species.
  • November 13 - Clark Professor. Emerita Ginger Vaughan will discuss her new book, Shakespeare and the Gods, on the Bard's allusions to major classical deities.
  • March 11 - Amherst Professor and AAS Scholar Karen Sanchez-Eppler will share her recent research on Native American children’s literature
  • April 8 - Noted author Nicholas Basbanes on his forthcoming book on Longfellow and his wife, Frances


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.