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Library Basics

This guide provides information about getting a library barcode, finding articles and books.

Library Barcode

The library barcode is different from your UMS/Student ID number.

In order to access Healey Library's subscription databases (Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, JSTOR, Mergent Online, Wall Street Journal and many more) you need a library barcode.

Getting a Library Barcode

On Campus Students

Bring your Beacon Card it to the Library's Circulation Desk to have your library barcode activated. If you have an older UMass Boston ID, the library staff will place a unique barcode sticker on the reverse of the ID card. 

Beacon Card

Your library barcode is found on the top edge on the back of the card. Locate the star * (asterisk) in front of the six numbers on your card. This is your six digit library barcode.

In the sample card, the barcode number would be 123456.

Online Students

Online students or students taking classes off-campus, may telephone the Circulation Desk at 617-287-5900 to be assigned a barcode over the phone. An online barcode can only be used for online resources and InterLibrary Loan. If you want to borrow physical materials, you will need to get a Beacon Card and come to the library to upgrade your barcode. 

Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Card

Current UMB faculty, staff and students, whose library records are in good standing, are eligible for a BLC card. The BLC card allows you to borrow materials from the libraries in the Boston Library Consortium when you physically visit those libraries. 

Fill out a BLC application form at the Circulation Desk, 2nd floor library lobby.

Using a BLC card

  • Register at the participating library's circulation desk.
  • Borrowing privileges and expiration dates vary at each institution. Check the policies of member libraries.
  • BLC cards issued to faculty and staff are valid for a full academic year (Sept 1 - Aug 31)
  • BLC Cards issued to students expire at the end of each semester, but may be renewed at the beginning of each semester.
  • UMB patrons are responsible for all fines/fees charged to their BLC card.
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