The Trinity College Library purchases, makes available and manages material in support of teaching, learning and research at Trinity College. We support many formats, including digital, print, data and streaming. In making purchasing or cancelation decisions we prioritize buying/keeping:
The Covid-19 pandemic has put extreme stress on all academic library budgets, including Trinity. We ask all vendors to consider following ALA and IFLA calls for 0% increases for FY2021. In making renewal decisions, we will carefully consider for cancelation any resources with a price increase.
During the Covid pandemic, when courses may need to be delivered remotely, we are more likely to purchase digital content.
During the Covid 19 pandemic the library will preference the purchase of ebooks when possible.
The library subscribes to several evidence-based acquisition model ebook packages: Jstor EBA, Project Muse and Oxford. In this model the library pays an annual fee giving one-year access to the entire package ebook portfolio, typically thousands of titles. At the end of the year the library uses a portion of the annual fee to purchase ebooks from the portfolio for perpetual access, each ebook having an individual price.
In making purchase decisions the library will give preference to ebooks with the highest recorded use in the current academic year with these exceptions:
The library recognizes the importance of film as an educational resource and strives to do its best to fulfill the needs of faculty members who wish to use films in their classes.
While the library offers a variety of paths to video, faculty do not need to know the specific access mechanism. Simply tell us the name of the film, and specifics like year and director (for those films with multiple versions) and we’ll figure out how to access the film. Use a Purchase Request or Course Reserve form https://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/Library/servicesinfo/circulation/Pages/Purchase-and-Reserve-Requests.aspx and we’ll do the rest.
Licensed electronic resources made available by the Trinity College Library are for the personal, research, scholarly, or instructional activities of current Trinity College faculty, staff, students and retirees. Library electronic resources are governed by license agreements that limit use. The misuse and violation of prohibited uses may result in loss of access to the entire Trinity community. Prohibited uses generally include:
Most major eresources have a Show License link to pertinent license rules covering reserves and course packs in the OneSearch catalog.
Guests in the Trinity Library may access some library resources from two designated computers on the A Level of LITC. Guest registration at the Information Services Desk is required.
Update May 19, 2020: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Trinity College Library cannot accept any donations at this time.
If you are interested in donating material to the Watkinson Library and Special Collections please contact Christina Bleyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-297-2266
The Trinity College Library respects each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality regarding information sought or received; resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted; and services used. The library is committed to protecting that privacy and the academic and intellectual freedom accorded to all its patrons. The responsibility to protect patron privacy is manifested by safeguarding the security and confidentiality of any information concerning patrons and their use of library materials. Below are the steps Trinity Library will take to protect the privacy of its patrons for the resources it controls.
The Trinity Library will:
Patrons should note that by taking these actions the library will not maintain records of materials used in the past and it will not be possible for the library to assist patrons to find out about specific materials they have borrowed in the past.
In the course of regular operations library staff may need to evaluate damaged material for repair or withdrawal. When material is damaged staff should be notified so the book can be temporarily removed from the main collection for evaluation and possible repairs.
The policy below further details the evaluation and repair process for damaged books.
When an item is discovered missing the following criteria are taken into consideration when determining whether a replacement should be purchased:
Replacement copies of missing items referred for possible purchase may be purchased if the item is available and the replacement cost is less than $200.
*The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) is a partnership of colleges whose mission is to ensure scholarly access to unique, rare, and infrequently used material in print. Partner libraries commit to retaining at least one copy of assigned items within individual library collections. Learn more about the EAST Project on their website: www.eastlibraries.org