Need Research Material?

Place an Interlibrary Loan, for those requests that do not have direct access through the electronic database, using the form for Books or Articles

InterLibrary loan (ILL) services are offered to current faculty, students, administrators, and staff who need research materials not held by the Alumnae Library.

Need help starting a research paper?

If you need assistance in finding where to start, getting books and articles please set up an appointment with a reference librarian, for more information please contact Michael Smith 413-265-2297 or stop by the front desk and ask to speak to a reference librarian.
There are many different ways to find research materials, starting looking using the steps below:

  1. Start by checking in the Online Catalog to see if we here at Elms own the book, DVD, Audio CD, or Government Document.
    If you need any assistance with any of these items or a catalog search, please ask at the Circulation (main) desk.
  2. If you have the journal citation, check the Journals by Title to see if we have the Elms has access to it.
    If you need any assistance in locating your research, please contact Michael Smith at the Reference Desk.
  3. If you need to search for journal articles start by checking the Electronic Databases.
    If you need any assistance in locating your research, please contact Michael Smith at the Reference Desk.
  4. If you are still unable to find the specific material you need, either through the online catalog or the electronic databases, you may place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request for it. FREE to you as a registered Elms Student or current faculty/staff member. You may request:
  • Books
  • Audio/visual materials, when available
  • Microfilm or microfiche items
  • Photocopies of journal articles
  • Conference proceedings
  • Theses, dissertations, or reports

If you need any assistance with InterLibrary Loan, please contact Lily Webber at the Circulation (main) desk.

All requests must be submitted electronically. Many of the databases available through the library website have a tab to click on for arriving at an electronic submission form. All EBSCO, First Search, Infotrac, Social Work Abstracts, and Cambridge Scientific databases have direct ILL access. An on-line form is available for those requests that do not have direct access. These forms are self-explanatory and easy to complete.

Notification of the receipt of requested items will be made via e-mail (, and the pickup location is the Circulation Desk.

Any overdue, damaged or lost items are the responsibility of the borrowing patron.

Policy Change as of January 17th 2020:


14 days past due: $25 charge will be added to your student account and a block will placed on your account. Once returned the block will be removed but the charge will remain on your account. Charge is non-negotiable.

30 days past due: The item is now considered LOST and your student account will be charged with items replacement amount. Amounts may vary.

The item will no longer be accepted after the 30 day mark!

Books requested through the ILL service will arrive with a due date. Please be mindful of this due date, books are NOT on loan for a whole semester.

Lending Policy:

Alumnae Library is a member of NELINET, EAST, CLGS, MLS, and WMRLS, and honors requests from these consortia. All other ILL requests will be charged for postage and handling.

Alumnae Library does not circulate videos or DVDs through the van service or the Post Office. Patrons requesting these formats must come into the library to borrow the items. Dissertations and state and federal law collections do not circulate at all.

If you require further assistance, contact Lily Webber or call 413-265-2280.

Mailing address for requests:

Elms College
Alumnae Library
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, Ma 01013