Facilities: Computer Lab and Research Center
The offices and classrooms of the Instituto Franklin-UAH are located in the historic center of Alcalá de Henares in the Trinitarios building (C/ Trinidad, 1), built in the first half of the XVII Century as a convent of the Trinitarios Descalzos. Today, the Colegio de Trinitarios is completely renovated and has been adapted for those with reduced mobility through the installation of ramps and an elevator. The building includes eight classrooms that are fully equipped, a computer lab, puestos de estudio and meeting rooms for professors and researchers. There are also two libraries: the Library of North American Studies and the Cervantine Library.
In the Instituto Franklin-UAH we have a computer lab designed to serve as an educational tool, and as such absolute priority is given to the courses of the Master’s in North American studies and the research of the students of the doctoral Program in North American Studies.
As the Instituto Franklin-UAH is logistically located in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, it is important to highlight that every academic year the Dean’s Office organizes formative activities in research methodology, computer programs, and databases.
The Research Center of the Instituto Franklin-UAH is a space dedicated to the research groups who participate in the projects of the Instituto Franklin. It is the perfect place for doctoral candidates, interns, and researchers to exchange ideas and establish synergies on the different fields of knowledge their research occupies and which, we reiterate, has in common the United States.
The researchers and students of the Instituto Franklin-UAH uses the library system of the Universidad de Alcalá. The bibliographic collection is formed by more than 500,000 volumes and 7,000 serial publications in print, on microfiche, online, 51,000 electronic books, 20,000 electronic magazines and 68 databases that can be consulted through the Catalog and online.
Furthermore, users are offered a variety of services which permit access to and the use of in-house and external documentary resources accessible via the Internet: automated catalog, lending library, reserves and renewals, access to documents and interlibrary loans, reference and information bibliography, training in research competencies (ALFIN), laptop loans, and access to a wide variety of electronic resources through MetAL, SFX and other search tools. The different libraries have reading rooms with Wi-Fi, group work rooms, work stations and public computers, automated stations to take out books, returns slots, graphic calculators, and a variety of document reproduction media. There are also stations adapted for people with different mobility and with the necessary technical assistance.
The Library of the UAH is part of various library networks, such as: MADROÑO (Consorcio de Universidades de la CAM y de la UNED para la Cooperación Bibliotecaria) and REBIUN (Red de Bibliotecas Universitarias Españolas).
Within the library network of the UAH, located in the Trinitarios building, is the Library of North American Studies, which is the library with the greatest number of works on topics related to North America found in Spain. It was established in 1987 as a result of accords between various North American institutions in Spain. On the one hand, the Instituto Franklin – UAH became the depository of the collection from the former Washington Irving Library, as well as receiving materials from both the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the old military base in Torrejón de Ardoz.
Throughout the years the library has been expanded, becoming a national reference for researchers dedicated to the United States and North American Studies. Recently the Instituto Franklin-UAH has acquired an important collection dedicated exclusively to the Hispanic presence in the United States and to border studies. Currently this library is the repository of over 25,000 volumes in diverse fields such as History, Literature, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Economics, Art, Sociology, and Philosophy. It also offers access to over 150 specialized journals, over 500 videos, and an extraordinary photography collection including material from the XIX Century.