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About the Libraries

Strategic Plan & Mission 

Holy Cross Libraries Mission Statement: 

The College of the Holy Cross Libraries further the mission of the College, a Jesuit liberal arts institution, in its pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and research.  The Libraries support the curriculum, promote intellectual curiosity, and serve our community by providing resources, access to information, and instruction in the development of research skills.  As a central part of student life, the libraries create a welcoming and accessible integrated learning environment where diversity is embraced and respected.

Strategic Plan: 

Our Strategic Plan includes three major strategic directions: 

Teaching, Learning, and Engagement; Information Resources: Discovery and Access; and Library Environments. Within each category, we articulate goal statements and key initiatives.

Our Libraries

Holy Cross Libraries includes several branch libraries, and a few partners as well. The O'Callahan Science Library is located in Swords Hall; the Fenwick Music Library is housed in Fenwick Hall; Worcester Art Museum Library is in the museum on Salisbury Street (downtown Worcester); and the Rehm Library can be found in Smith Hall. Our partners, in the Dinand Library building, include the Center for Teaching, and Writer's Workshop.

For a full listing of what's where in the Dinand Library, including a map of our stacks, please see http://libguides.holycross.edu/dinand.

Circulation Policies

  HC Student HC Honors HC Faculty HC Staff Consortium Students & Faculty Externs
Loan Period Full semester* Academic year Academic year  Full semester  28 days 28 days
Renewal Limit 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall
Book Limit 20 50 150 10 10 10
Daily Fine $0.10 $0.10 n/a n/a $0.10 $0.10
Max fine per book $5.00 $5.00 n/a n/a $5.00 $5.00
Fine threshold $10.00 $10.00 n/a n/a $10.00* $10.00*
Lost book charge $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Lost AV material charge $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

*With the exception of musical scores, which circulate for 28 days 

Consortium/Extern Borrowers:

•    Valid Consortium ID & ARC verification card required.
•    Scanning available free
•    Printing available ($.10 per page)
•    All items recalled for Reserve must be returned immediately.
•    Journals, newspapers, and reference books do not circulate to any students, externs, or consortium borrowers.
•    Fines must be paid in full in order to check out any items.

 

Organization Chart​

Current organization chart