In the Boston Area (or UNH or UConn):
Get a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card (issued through UMass):
This card allows you to borrow books from many Boston area academic libraries, including Tufts, BU, BC, Northeastern, and the other UMass Schools.
To apply for a BLC card, contact Circulation at 413-545-2623 for more details.
You can also get materials from local military, public, and academic libraries.
Did you know that your local public library is one of the best places to start searching for information?
Most public libraries subscribe to many of the same general and interdisciplinary databases that UMass does and contain much of the same information
Many public library consortia have the smaller college libraries as members
Did you know that most academic libraries offer borrowing privileges to members of the local community?
Most offer community borrowing cards to local residents
Contact the circulation desk at the library you want to use to ask about borrowing privileges
Community Borrower cards usually alow you to check out books but not use article databases (except on site).
Your library card from that college also gives you access to the academic librarians of that institution.
Tip: Most national state universities charge a fee for library cards but many regional colleges and universities, and community colleges do not.
Log in using your SPIRE username and password
Note: if this is your first time using this service, you will be required to create an account after logging in.
Requesting an item
Click New Request
and choose the type of material you want to request and enter the bibliographic information on the next page.
And then click
Handy tip: many databases will populate the request fields automatically - look for the Ill button on the export menu
Items will be sent to the UMass Library Service Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Tower.
Articles and book chapters will be sent to your Interlibrary Loan account as pdfs