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Frequently Asked Questions

Who does this Library serve?
The Harleigh B. Trecker (HBT) Library serves the programs of the University of Connecticut's Greater Hartford Campus including over 1,200 graduate students working towards degrees in education, public policy, and social work and more than 1,000 undergraduates. The Library is also open to the public. 

What kind of services are there?
We have 100,000 volumes covering a variety of academic topics, mostly relating to the social sciences, and over 2,000 journals in both paper and micro text formats. HBT has 7 SuperHOMER terminals with access to the Internet and hundreds of databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the University. HBT has 2 public service desks. Reserves, circulation, and document delivery/interlibrary loan (DD/ILL) activities are centered at the access services desk, which is staffed all open hours. The reference desk, which is open most library hours, is staffed by librarians who will happily assist users with all varieties of information needs. UConn students, faculty, and staff have full access to all of HBT's resources. The general public may use materials in-house and, for a fee, borrow books. DD/ILL services are not available to the general public. 

How big is the Library?
HBT is housed on two floors of the Library Building. The main entrance is on the second floor. This floor is home to the access services and reference desks, the reference collection, SuperHOMER terminals linking users to UConn's vast array of databases and the Internet, the periodicals collections, and books classified A-F. In addition, users with laptops can link to the internet through jacks available on the main floor. The upper floor, which is accessed inside the Library, houses books classified G-Z and oversize materials. Seating is available on both floors. 

Can I do my e-mail and word processing at the Library?
Due to the demand for HBT's research terminals, the Library is not able to offer e-mail or word processing services (although users with laptops are free to use their own equipment). The Greater Hartford Campus Computer Center, adjacent to the Library Building, does provide for these activities. 

When is the Library open?
During the semester HBT is open from 9-9 Monday through Thursday and 10-5 Friday and Saturday. The reference desk is staffed by a librarian most open hours. Hours vary for finals, holidays, summers, and recesses. Please call 860-570-9024 to confirm library hours.

Do I have to come to the Library to use its services?
University Information Technology Services has implemented a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allowing students and faculty easy access to licensed library databases and electronic journals from off campus.  If you intend to use these materials, begin your research by logging in now. More information about VPN is available at http://security.uconn.edu/guides/vpn.html.

Do you have photocopiers? 
HBT provides two photocopiers (10 cents/page) and additional reader/printer equipment (20 cents/page) for microtext journals. Copies from the printer are 10 cents/page.

How do I contact the Library?
Phone: access services 860-570-9024, reference 860-570-9032, hours line 860-570-9099
e-mail: treckref@uconn.edu

Finally, why does the building say School of Law on the front and who was Harleigh B. Trecker?
The Library Building, constructed in 1962, housed the School of Law until the mid-1980's when the law school moved to its new campus in Hartford. Harleigh B. Trecker was a popular dean of the School of Social Work. In 1985, separate libraries for the undergraduate program, the School of Social Work (also called the Harleigh B. Trecker Library) and the School of Business Administration were brought together in the location of the former Law School Library. The new Library was re-dedicated to Dean Trecker that same year. Dean Trecker's photograph is on display at HBT.

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