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Research Services

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The library staff is here to help you find any book, article or material that you need to succeed with your papers and projects.

Universal Access to Library Materials

The Healey Library is committed to providing library materials and services to all users. If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodation, please email: The library provides location and retrieval of library materials; photocopy services; and research assistance.

Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is a research as well as a public library. Any Massachusetts resident or student is eligible for a BPL card or an eCard. Use either card to access all online resources  including OverDrive (e-books, audiobooks) and Hoopla (e-books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and music).

Other Academic Libraries

Boston Library Consortium (Requires 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. Check with individual college and universities libraries for borrowing policies.

Fenway Library Organization (Requires UMB ID)
Students, faculty, and staff must present a valid UMB ID card to borrow from FLC libraries. Check with individual college and universities libraries for borrowing policies.

Massachusetts Libraries in Public Higher Education (Requires UMB ID)
Direct borrowing privileges at most Massachusetts state college libraries are extended to current UMB faculty, staff, and students. You will need to have a current UMB ID. 

UMB students using any consortia libraries are subject to the same regulations and restrictions that apply to students who attend that institution.

Popular Databases

Great starting points for multiple subject areas.

Other Help Guides

Librarian Introduction Videos

What did students find most helpful after attending a library instruction session?

Check out student feedback after participating in an information literacy session tailored to information seeking skill building, introduction to library services and guidance on finding on resources for their assignments. Faculty, interested in scheduling a session, tailored to your students, the course subject, and your assignment? Please use the request form.

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