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Spring Semester 2021 Updates

Hours & Access

The first and second floors of the Learning Commons are available as 24-hour study spaces. Your Springfield College ID card is required to enter the Learning Commons, and the building remains closed to visitors. You must be masked and maintain safe social distance at all times.

Starting Monday, February 1:

  • The Information Desk will be staffed, and Course Reserves will be available.
  • The third and fourth floors of the Learning Commons will be open during regular operating hours.
  • Study Room Reservations will be available (limit 2 students per study room).

Learning Commons Building Hours (all four floors open)

February 1 - May 12, 2021:

  • Sunday–Thursday: 8 a.m. - midnight
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Library Services’ online chat help is available daily.

Online Chat Hours

February 1 - May 12, 2021:

  • Sunday–Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

24-Hour Study Space Hours (1st & 2nd Floors)

January 25 - May 12, 2021: Open

Please see the Library Hours page for details.

Virtual Library Services

Connect with us online! Library Services staff are available for online chat help seven days a week. You can email the library any time at ask@springfield.libanswers.com.

Librarians and library staff are working both on campus and remotely. The best way to contact individual library staff members is via email; see the Library Staff Directory for contact information.

Research Help:  Request a virtual appointment with a reference librarian. Librarians are available to meet on Zoom, Google Hangouts, or by phone. 

Online Resources:  Library Services provides access to a wide variety of online resources, including full-text articles, ebooks, and streaming video. Start with Quick Search to explore library resources, use a specific database from the Database List, or find a Research Guide in your subject area.

Follow Library Services on Facebook or Instagram for more news and updates.

Physical Materials

The library’s physical collections, including print books and DVDs, are available for checkout to patrons on campus, in on-campus quarantine, and studying and working remotely. Course reserves will be available starting Monday, February 1.

For library materials that are currently checked out, due dates are extended through March 1, 2021, and overdue fees will not be billed. Please return borrowed items at your earliest convenience or contact the library staff to request an additional renewal.

The library’s physical collections, including print books, DVDs, and course reserve materials, will be available for standard borrowing periods during the spring semester.

On-campus patrons: To request physical items from the library collection, first locate available items using Quick Search and select "Place Hold (Springfield Campus Only)" to submit your request. Items that have been placed on hold will be available to pick up at the Information Desk in the Learning Commons starting Monday,  February 1. You will receive an email when your items are ready for pick up.

Remote Patrons: Items from the library collection can be shipped to you at home. Please submit your requests as Interlibrary Loans, following the instructions for remote patrons below.

Returning materials: On-campus patrons can return books and other library items using the Book Drop located in the entrance of the Learning Commons. Remote patrons should mail items back using the prepaid UPS return label included with your book delivery. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan staff at libraryill@springfieldcollege.edu if you need to request a shipping label for your items.

Interlibrary Loan

All Interlibrary Loan services are available, though some services are on a reduced schedule. Requests for articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically to patrons' library accounts. Requests for physical items will be processed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

On-campus patrons: When submitting ILL requests, select "Springfield, MA" as your campus. ILL materials will be available to pick up at the Information Desk in the Learning Commons. If you leave campus with ILL books, please contact libraryill@springfieldcollege.edu to request a UPS shipping label to return the items.

Remote patrons:  Main campus students, faculty, and staff who are studying remotely should select "Remote" as their campus when submitting an ILL request. ROCE students should select their regional campus or "Online." Update your mailing address in the ILL request form if necessary. All items will be shipped to you via UPS 2nd Day Air with a prepaid UPS return label.

Please see the Interlibrary Loan page for more information, and contact our ILL staff at libraryill@springfieldcollege.edu with any questions.

Resources for Faculty

Library Services staff are here to support your teaching and remote instruction. Visit our guide to Putting Library Resources Online to find step-by-step instructions for adding library ebooks, streaming video, and articles to Brightspace. Consult our Copyright Guide for information about copyright law and Fair Use.

Library Instruction: Reference librarians are available to provide remote library instruction and information literacy sessions. We can Zoom with your class, record videos, create research guides, and more. Please use our Library Instruction Request Form to schedule a class session, or contact your Liaison Librarian to customize an instruction session for your students.

College Archives

The reading room in the Archives and Special Collections remains closed to researchers at this time. The College Archivist, Jeffrey Monseau, is available to help students and faculty with research and resources. Please contact jmonseau@springfieldcollege.edu directly with any questions.

Over 30,000 items are available in the Springfield College Digital Collections, including digitized photographs, documents, hand-written text and correspondence, yearbooks, student newspapers, and audio and video files from our extensive collections.