The Lending Library is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Academic Resource Center and Residential Education and Living (REAL). The Lending Library was created to provide textbooks and course books to students for a semester free of charge. Books in the Lending Library have mainly come from donations by students. Some textbooks have been purchased with funding from the Sustainable Projects Fund. The Lending Library has two locations: Literature, social sciences, and humanities books are located in a space in the lobby of Katharine Blunt House (KB); and STEM and language textbooks are located in a space in the lobby of Burdick House.
The Lending Library has open hours every day during the first two weeks of each semester. To check out a book, come to the lobby of KB during one of these times and a student will assist you. You can search the Lending Library catalog for what you need. Books are due on the last day of finals each semester. Return boxes will be placed outside of each Lending Library location.
To donate a book to the Lending Library, you can drop it off at the donation box outside of KB anytime during the semester or place it in one of the donation boxes found in the College Center at Crozier-Williams (Cro), the coffee shops, finals locations and in the residence halls at the end of the Spring semester.
Give ‘N Go
At the end of each academic year, you can donate clothing, household goods, kitchen supplies, bedding, furniture and appliances to Give ‘N Go. Donation boxes are set up in house common rooms from the last day of classes until Commencement. You can place small items into the boxes, and large items into the designated area next to the boxes. Items are donated to local United Way organizations, Safe Futures and Grad Bag. Items particularly useful to first-year students are stored for a “yard sale” for students on move-in weekend. In May 2017, the program collected 11,000 pounds of donations.
Earth House is Connecticut College's sustainable living residence. Each year, a small group of sophomores, juniors and seniors apply to live in Earth House as an alternative housing housing option. Earth House features a kitchen, living room and seven single rooms.
There are lots of ways to explore New London and the surrounding region. Visit the Transportation section to learn about just a few of the options available to help you get where you want to go.
There are several sustainability and environmentally-focused student organizations you can get involved with.