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Library Basics

This guide provides information about finding articles and books.

Library Barcode

The library barcode is different from your UMS/Student ID number.  You need the barcode to check out physical items from the library (books, DVDs, etc.).

In order to access Healey Library's subscription databases (Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, JSTOR, Mergent Online, Wall Street Journal and many more) you will be prompted to enter your UMass Boston email and password.

Getting a Library Barcode

On Campus Students

The vast majority of Healey Library's electronic resources are available online through UMBrella and can be accessed using your campus email username and password.

Faculty, students, and staff need a Healey Library barcode in order to check out physical items from the library (books, DVDs, etc.). 

Note: your Healey Library barcode is different from your student ID or UMS number.


Your library barcode is found on the top edge on the back of the BeaconCard. 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.

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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