Robert H. Goddard Library

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Robert H. Goddard Library
Goddard Library in April 2010
Country United States
Established 1969
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°15′6″N 71°49′23″W / 42.25167°N 71.82306°W / 42.25167; -71.82306Coordinates: 42°15′6″N 71°49′23″W / 42.25167°N 71.82306°W / 42.25167; -71.82306
Access and use
Population served Clark University
Website Goddard Library at Clark University

The Robert H. Goddard Library is the primary library of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. The library was named after rocketeer Robert H. Goddard, who earned a M.A. and Ph.D. at Clark in the 1910s. The building was built in 1969[1] and remodeled in 2009. It was designed by architect John M. Johansen.[2]


Two months before the opening of the library, Willard Rockwell's Rockwell Foundation gave 75,000 dollars towards the establishment of a periodical room in the library.[3] On May 19, 1969, United States Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts opened the Goddard Library in which he called for the shifting of resources used in aerospace exploration to "pressing problems here at home".[4]

Academic Commons at Goddard Library[edit]

The Academic Commons at Goddard Library is a study space opened in January 2009 as part of the building's renovations. It includes Clark's primary computer lab, a cafe and study space.[5]

Collections and features[edit]

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Collection and the Robert Goddard Exhibition Room are housed in the Archives and Special Collections area of the library. Outside the library lies a structure depicting the flight path of Goddard's first liquid fuel rocket. In 2008, the library digitized Goddard's collection through a 40,000 dollar grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.[6]


  1. ^ Library honors rocket science pioneer March 27, 2002, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  3. ^ Rockwell gives 75,000 March 29, 1969, Pittsburg Post-Gazette
  4. ^ Cut Space Priority: Kennedy May 20, 1969, The Milwaukee Journal
  5. ^ Revamped library welcomes Clark University students back from break January 12, 2009, Clark University
  6. ^ Goddard materials now online November 26, 2008, Worcester Telegram and Gazette

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