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Faculty may borrow Freel Library books for a semester. A valid MCLA ID card is required.
For information on borrowing materials from other libraries, please click here. For information on interlibrary loan, see below.
Faculty may place a reasonable number of items on reserve at the Freel Library circulation desk for student use. Students must use these items in the library and will need an ID to access them. These materials may be Freel Library books or media, personal copies or photocopies. They should not be items borrowed from other libraries. More information on placing items on reserve can be found here. For further information, please contact Glenn Lawson at 662-5326 or by email
You may want to consider searching our electronic book collection, Ebrary, to find items for your students to read. You can place links directly in Canvas to these books so that students can access them 24/7.
The library subscribes to a number of online periodical databases that are available both on and off campus. From off-campus you will be prompted to enter your A number and password. This is your MCLANET account information, the same login you use to access your email. Faculty with specific research requests are welcome to consult with member of the reference staff for advice or for an informal introduction to using the databases. Contact the reference desk at 662-5325.
The library offers instruction to individual students and classes in the use of academic resources. Because instructional space in the library is limited, the reference librarian usually visits the classroom. If that room does not provide Internet access, then the professor or librarian will attempt to find another available room that does. Internet access allows the librarian to demonstrate the use of the library catalog and other online databases. We believe that library instruction is more effective if students have been assigned a research project by their professor before the library class takes place. Instruction can then be tailored to needs of each class. We ask professors to schedule their classes with the reference librarian at least a week in advance.
Professors who would like to bring in classes to use the library as a group are welcome. We encourage you to call ahead due to limited space and to make sure that a reference librarian is available, if needed.
To request books and videos for the collection - Maureen Horak 662-5322
For questions about placing course materials on reserve - Glenn Lawson 662-5326
Questions about bicycles - Glenn Lawson 662-5326
BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate entry to all of Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, eBooks, and music.
All Massachusetts residents or those working in Massachusetts are eligible for a card. Click here to sign up for one.
Save your ecard number and PIN on your computer for quick access.
If you need research materials not available in Freel Library or the databases we subscribe to, we can usually borrow them from other libraries. If you are looking for a book or a video, we recommend that you check the holdings of all the CWMARS member libraries first. If a member library has an available copy, you can submit an online request and the item will be delivered to Freel Library via a van delivery service. Click here to search the CWMARS catalog.
If the item you need is not available through CWMARS or is a journal article, you can submit a request by phone, through campus mail or email or in person to Pamela Contakos or Linda Kaufmann.
Or you can search WorldCat (box to the left) and place a request by clicking on the interlibrary loan link.