We are committed to providing excellent resources and continuing support during this time. Tell us how we can help you: Ask the Library!

Connect With Us Online

Library Services has moved online! We are available on Chat Help and email at ask@springfield.libanswers.com.

Summer Chat Hours:
  • Every Day (Monday - Sunday): 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Exceptions: Memorial Day & Independence Day Weekends

You can contact individual library staff members via email -- see the Library Staff Directory. Please do not call office phones! Email is the best way to reach us while we work remotely.

Hours & Access

The Learning Commons is currently closed to all visitors. The 24-Hour Study Space on the first floor will remain available. You must have your Springfield College ID card to enter this area of the building.

Library Services staff are working remotely, so there is no access to physical items in our collection. If you have borrowed library materials, such as print books or DVDs, you do not need to return them at this time. Due dates have been extended through September 8, 2020 and overdue fees will not be billed.

Online Resources

We provide access to a wide variety of online resources, including full-text articles, ebooks, and streaming video. Start with Quick Search to explore library resources, or use a specific database from the Full Database List.

Having trouble accessing our resources off campus? Check our Frequently Asked Questions for assistance with remote access, contact the library chat, or email us at ask@springfield.libanswers.com with your question or issue.

Temporarily Free Online Resources

Many library vendors have given us temporary access to additional online resources for the remainder of the semester. We are compiling an active list of these resources on our COVID-19 Free Online Resources guide.  

Getting Research Help

Working on a paper or project? Get started with a Research Guide in your subject area! Not sure where to begin? Research Companion and the Library Services YouTube channel offer helpful videos and tutorials. 

Reference librarians are available 7 days a week to provide assistance. Find your subject specialist and request a virtual appointment! We can meet on Zoom or use another communication method of your choice.

Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan service is still active at this time, though limited. Any physical items currently on loan to you have been automatically renewed. We will soon begin contacting you about returning any physical items free of charge.

You can continue to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for electronic materials, such as journal articles and ebook chapters, which will be delivered to your My Account portal.

On Monday, June 15, 2020, you may also begin to submit Interlibrary Loan requests for physical items. This includes items that are in our collections (excluding course reserves) or that are available from other libraries. These items will be shipped to you via UPS with a prepaid return label. Note that due to limited access to campus that requests for physical items will only be processed one day per week (Monday) and delivery times will be longer than usual. More information about how physical borrowing will work is available in our COVID-19 Interlibrary Loan FAQ.

Please contact our Interlibrary Loan staff with any questions.

Course Reserves

Physical course reserves are not available at this time. Students should contact their faculty about access to required texts.

Some major textbook publishers, such as Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Sage Publishers, are offering free or reduced-cost access to online textbooks.

Resources for Faculty

Library Services staff are here to support you as you transition to remote teaching. Please visit our guide to Putting Library Resources Online for step-by-step guidelines. You can also find helpful resources in PrideNet, including details on Brightspace Continuity and Online Pedagogy.

Library Instruction

Reference librarians are available to provide remote library instruction and information literacy sessions. We can Zoom with your class, record video, 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.

Access to the College Archives

The reading room in the Archives and Special Collections will be closed to researchers for the remainder of the semester. 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.

There are over 30,000 items 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.

Stay Informed! 

We will continue to update this page throughout the semester. You can also keep up with Library Services by following us on Facebook or Instagram. Stay updated on Springfield College’s response on the Coronavirus Updates page.

 

Last updated June 30, 2020