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Library Resources for Faculty

Borrowing Materials

The library Ram Search feature on our home page allows simultaneous searching of both electronic and print collections.  Our print collections are also listed in the Minuteman Library Network catalog.  Faculty, Staff, and Administrators of the University are eligible for 90-day library check outs (for materials we own). To check out items of our own as well as those obtained through Interlibrary Loan and the Minuteman Library Network you must use the number embedded in the back of your identification card.  If you have an older identification card the Access Services Desk can issue you a barcode for these purposes. 

As a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), you have access to more than 6 million volumes held in the combined collections of 41 regional academic and public libraries. MLN also provides access to several electronic databases; many provide full-text articles. Network transfer requests may be placed through the MLN catalog Place Hold feature.  The courier for MLN delivers over 8,000 items annually.  

The Minuteman Library Network also allows walk-in borrowing at the 35 public and 5 other academic member libraries. In addition, all the 29 libraries in the Massachusetts Public Higher Education system belong to a consortium (MCCLPHEI). All except University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester allow walk-in reciprocal borrowing. Each library determines their own loan period. 

Interlibrary Loan

To submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request for materials not available in the Whittemore Library or the Minuteman Library Network, fill out the online form found at Quick Links on the Library homepage. You will receive an e-mail when your requests are ready.  If you have questions about your ILL request, contact the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at  There is no charge for these services.


Course Reserves

The Library offers a variety of options for faculty who want to provide supplementary and/or required readings for their students. The Reserves Coordinator provides electronic materials directly into Canvas Courses.  For print sources the Library processes items for 2 hour or overnight loan.  For information on in-house or e-Reserves, please review the Reserve policies ( To request Reserve materials be processed for your courses, please leave physical copies with the Access Services Desk with your Name and the course number.  You may submit pdfs or citations for e-Reserves to the Course Reserves Coordinator (  Due to the extent of work in preparing materials, particularly for e-Reserves, please submit requests two weeks in advance of intended use date.  Faculty wishing to place photocopied materials on Reserve may do so within the limits of fair use and copyright compliance. The Library has an account with Copyright Clearance Center and Karin Medin, Access Services Librarian, will seek permission as needed.