The Alumnae Library provides services and resources to support academic programs, research, and intellectual pursuits of the college community. The library has a strong collection of books, journals, reference materials, and electronic resources to meet the needs of the undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the faculty, staff, and administration.
The services and resources that support faculty teaching and research include the following:
Borrowing: Faculty may borrow library books for a semester. Loan periods for audiovisual materials vary. Faculty must have an Elms College ID with a validated library barcode on it for all transactions. Journals normally are not allowed out of the building, but faculty may sign them out when needed.
InterLibrary Loan Services: Faculty may request books and journal articles from other libraries through InterLibrary loan. Click here to view policies and fill out an online form.
Reserve Policies: The library offers faculty an in-house reserve desk for those who wish to provide supplementary and/or required readings for their students. Click here to view policies or print out a Reserve Request form.
Copyright and the TEACH Act: Faculty wishing to place photocopied materials on reserve may do so within the limits of fair use and copyright compliance. Please refer to these guidelines for further information: Fair Use and Copyright Guidelines and the TEACH Act Policy.
Electronic Resources: The library web page serves as the main access point to many of the library's services and resources. Electronic databases, request forms, and links to other services can be accessed at any time from any location. Electronic resources may be accessed either on or off-campus. Off-campus access is through the use of the library website and requires logging in with a library card. Call (413-265-2316) or e-mail Debra Gomes if you experience problems with access.
Citation Management: NoodleTools is a web-based citation management service. You can access Noodle Tools from any computer with internet access (on and off campus); create an online folder; organize and manage references; share references; and format bibliographies. Click here for a PDF file of information on how to access and use NoodleTools.
Course Guides: The librarians have created course specific guides to help your students with their class projects. Click here to access the guides.
Elms College Journal Title List: To check to see if the library has access to a journal title, either in print, microform, or electronic formats, please check out the Journal Title List, located on the library website. You may search for holdings information as well as a direct link to the electronic journal (library barcode and last name required).
Plagiarism Prevention: The Reference Librarian discusses plagiarism and encourages best practices when utilizing secondary research searches. He also explains how to cite the sources used as part of his Information Literacy Classroom Instruction Sessions. Guides on Avoiding Plagiarism and Citation Styles are available as well.
Book/Materials Orders: Faculty may purchase books/materials for the library collection. Click here to submit an electronic request.
Miscellaneous Services: Faculty may sign out the passkey to make photocopies or Microfilm/Microfiche copies. Photocopies cost .05 cents per page and may be charged to the department line.
Staff Conference Room: The library Staff Conference Room is a small meeting room for up to 10 people. This room must be scheduled through Michael Smith.
Wireless Access: Wireless access to the internet is available throughout the campus.
Consortium Membership: The library belongs to a number of consortia, including C/W MARS (Central & Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing), OCLC (Online Computer Library Center ), CLGS (Cooperating Libraries of Greater Springfield), CCGS (Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield). Faculty members may borrow books, either directly or through InterLibrary Loan from these Consortia members, while following the library rules for each member library.
Audiovisual Scheduling and Off-Air Video Recording: Media, equipment, and off-air video recording can be scheduled through the Director of Media Services (Christopher Pelletier).
We are a private Catholic coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Elms College is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and grants associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.