The Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center supports scholarship at Hood College by serving the research, teaching and learning needs of students and faculty.
The library is located conveniently near the academic buildings on campus and online through the library’s home page. From the website, students can access full-text scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, electronic books and other digital content. In addition to the 170,000-plus volumes housed in the library, Hood students and faculty have access to print materials at other area universities through the library’s membership in the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium. Materials borrowed through the MIC arrive within 24-48 hours. For materials held outside the MIC, the library has a robust interlibrary loan program, which facilitates borrowing from libraries across the country.
Students have a choice of study environments in the library. Study carrels, computer stations, lounge chairs and large tables offer varied settings for individual study. The library also has a number of group study rooms available; some offer small, intimate spaces, while others offer large, collaborative spaces.
Knowledgeable and friendly library staff are available to assist students through in-person sessions, both walk-in and by appointment, or virtually through text messaging, instant messaging, email and telephone. Subject-specific research guides are available on the library website, as well as citation guidelines, copyright and privacy policies, and other instructional tools. Group library instruction is provided by the reference staff both in the classroom and in the library computer lab. Faculty may arrange information literacy sessions at any time during the year.
Students also have the opportunity to explore and conduct research on Hood College history, through historical school records, photographs and related documents held in the Hood College Special Collections and Archive, located on the 2nd floor. The Hood History Museum showcases Hood’s past for current students, prospective students, alumni and the general public.
Library hours vary to accommodate campus needs throughout the year. The hours can be found on the website here.