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Library Services

The FSU Community is:

For Library purposes, The FSU Community is:

  • Currently-enrolled students (part-time or full-time, learning on or from off-campus)
  • Currently-employed Faculty, Librarians, Staff, and Administrators (part-time or full-time, working on or from off-campus).

Full Access & Borrowing Privileges

All FSU community members have  access to Whittemore Library licensed electronic resources and physical collection borrowing privileges, provided you have:

  • A valid FSU I.D. with the library account bar code and number on the back
  • OR a valid library account number (if you are online learners or distance instructors who never visit campus)
  • OR a valid Minuteman Library Network card
  • AND a working FSU login and password
    • For help with your FSU login, contact IT.

Minuteman Library Network Access

All FSU community patrons with a valid FSU ID card and/or their library account number have access to the shared resources of the 40+ member Minuteman Library network.

As Minuteman members, we also have the ability to access resources from the following Massachusetts Library Networks:

Research Support

All FSU community members are welcome to stop by and get help with library research and citation questions at the Research & Learning Walk-Up Help Desk on the Upper Mezzanine (on the opposite side from the Curriculum Library). You can also schedule in-person appointments.

But if you can't make it to the Library - or even to campus, in person - there are several other ways to get your questions answered:

  • e-mail
  • phone
  • chat services (chat widget tab to start a chat is on the lower right of every library page)
  • chat service co-op coverage during the hours that we are not open
  • scheduled Zoom appointments
  • online research help guides

Interlibrary Loan Requests

All FSU community members may request (at no cost) that items not available full text from either FSU or the Minuteman Network be obtained from another library.

  • Print books will be mailed to the Library and held for you to pick up from the Access Services Desk
  • Secure access to PDF articles will be e-mailed to you
  • You will need your library account number to make ILL requests.

The Whittemore Seed Library

The FSU community is welcome to borrow from our Seed Library (and hopefully some day contribute back seeds they were able to harvest). The seeds are in paper packets that are filed in a wooden card catalog located directly across from the Access Services Desk.

Full details here in our Seed Library guide

Library Tours

FSU community patrons may request group or individual tours of the Whittemore Library from our Student Engagement Coordinator.

Library Events

The Whittemore Library offers a wide variety of events and programming during the academic semesters - see (and register for, if required) all of our events via our Library Events Calendar!

Special Exhibits

The Library periodically holds special exhibits. Check the Library Events Calendar and keep an eye on our social media accounts to see what's coming up this next semester!