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About Us

The Beneficial-Hodson Library's mission is to support the curricular and informational needs of the Hood community by providing appropriate library resources, instruction, and assistance in a timely manner. The outstanding library facility and its dedicated staff provide the ideal setting for promoting and nurturing academic inquiry and scholarship.

The Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center is located in a comfortably-appointed, Georgian-style brick building, which was dedicated in 1992. Situated at the College’s main entrance, it was named for Clarence Hodson, founder of the Beneficial Finance Company and the Hodson Trust. The building is home to a modern academic library, as well as the administrative center for the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium, Beneficial-Hodson Computing Center, and the Amelia Hernandez Computer Laboratory.

The 57,000 square-foot structure has a book capacity of 200,000 volumes and a modern telecommunications network infrastructure, including a tie-in to the campus wireless network. Collections, student reading and study areas, and staff offices are conveniently arranged and beautifully furnished, creating an inviting learning environment.

The library successfully integrates information technology with traditional library services and materials. It currently holds 185,000 volumes and subscribes to over 300 print and microform periodical titles. It also provides electronic access to over 45,000 e-book titles. Some 40,000 additional periodical titles can be accessed via the World Wide Web through numerous subscription databases. These and other computer-based resources may be consulted at the many in-house computer workstations or, wirelessly, from personal laptops and other devices, and nearly all are available from remote locations, as well. Video and audio collections are stored in the audio-visual center, with playback equipment for student use.

The library houses the Hood College Archives and Special Collections, using compact shelving in a controlled environment room. The Hood College Museum, a branch of the Archives, is also located within the Library. In addition, the facility boasts a book conservation laboratory where books are repaired and rebound to extend their usefulness for all members of the Hood community.

A helpful, friendly, dedicated and knowledgeable staff is available to help you with your information needs, whether it be for locating a book or journal article, planning the research for a paper, obtaining materials from other libraries if an item is needed that we do not have at Hood, or assisting a faculty member with instruction in the resources relating to a specific discipline. No request for information is too small or too large. We are available to assist you in person, by phone, via email, and, during scheduled reference hours, by chat, and we hope that you will make use of the wonderful resources-both human and material-that we provide through the Library!

Library hours

Summer hours

 May 19 - Aug. 10

  • Monday - Thursday:   8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday:   Closed

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The library is currently transitioning to its new website, and some links are currently unavailable. Please access our databases through the alphabetical list rather than the drop-down menu of databases by subject. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we will have everything up and running soon!

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