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 Holly Reynolds 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.

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 Holly Reynolds or call 413-265-2280.

Mailing address for requests:

Elms College
Alumnae Library
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, Ma 01013