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Library Basics

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

Library Barcode

Before you can check out books or gain access to most library resources and services, you'll need a library barcode. Your UMB ID card becomes your Healey Library card by having the library barcode placed on the back of your ID.

No Barcode? Stop at the Library's Circulation Desk - 2nd floor catwalk level - main lobby

Online students may call 617.287.5900 to be assigned a barcode. 

Forgot your Barcode? Use the Barcode Recovery Tool.

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.
Healey Library | University of Massachusetts Boston | 100 Morrissey Blvd | Boston, MA | 02125-3393 | 617-287-5900