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 2018-2019

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

  • September 27-28 – Friends Fall Book Sale at Goddard Library from 8am - 3:30pm. There will be over 11,000 donated books available including two collections: women studies and war, peace, and peacemaking. 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! Contact Dr. Mott Linn, Head of Collections Management, Goddard Library at 508-793-7572, if you have multiple boxes of books to donate to our book sale. Donations will be accepted up to Wednesday afternoon. If you have questions, please email or 508-793-7573. Visitors can park on the top floor of the Kneller garage at Clark University.
  • October 10 --Allen Fletcher: Publisher, Advocate, Entrepreneur -- "All Roads Lead to Kelley Square". Former owner of the Worcester Magazine, President of the Worcester Land Trust, and a key advocate for the city's Canal District, Mr. Fletcher will speak on the revitalization of Kelley Square and the surrounding area. He lives there himself and envisions the organic development of those Worcester neighborhoods, and the city itself, into a place where more people will want to live.
  • November 14 - Clark Professor Janette Greenwood and collection owner Frank Morrill will speak about WAM’s recent photography exhibit “Reimagining an American Community of Color.”
  • March 13 - WPI President and award-winning NASA space scientist Dr. Laurie Leshin, and Dr. Chris Bourg, director of MIT Libraries will be the keynote speakers at an evening program observing  both the Goddard Library’s 50th anniversary and man’s first walk on the moon in 1969.
  • April 10 - Smith College Professor Emeritus Neal Salisbury, currently Mellon Distinguished Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, will speak about his work on the history of Native Americans and early modern North America: "Tisquantum, the Red Atlantic, and the Founding of Plymouth Colony".

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.