Find and Borrow

The Simmons Library supports the academic needs of Simmons University students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i and guests by connecting Library users to the discovery and thoughtful use of informational resources.

Library Services during the 2021-22 Academic Year

Due to the One Simmons Project, the Library will continue its support of teaching and learning through a combination of in person and remote services, as well as provide continued access to print and digital resources.

The majority of our local collection is inaccessible in person. You may use our catalog to find and select material to borrow. When we receive your request, we will submit an interlibrary loan request on your behalf and attempt to borrow materials from another library.  

For more information, including how to access course reserves or to get support from a librarian, visit the Library Services Guide.

Course Reserves

Books, media, journal articles, and other materials required for coursework can be placed in the Course Reserve Collection by instructors and found by students through the Course Reserves website.

Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog for books, ebooks, and videos in the Library collection. Search by title, author name, subject, call number, or ISBN/ISSN. Use the Advanced Search feature to refine your search results.


Search for a journal by title, subject, or ISSN, or browse a list of popular subjects to see if the Library owns it. 


The Simmons University Library provides over 120 databases that enable discovery of articles, books, statistics, and other information. 

Password Protected Journals and Databases

Log in using your Simmons account to access password protected resources.

Borrow and Renew

Find information about our loan periods and renewal process.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials for teaching or research that the library does not own may be available from another library. Log in to the ILL system to place a request. Eligible ILL materials can also be renewed in the ILL system.

Materials at Other Libraries

If an item is not available at the Simmons University Library, there are several ways to find and borrow it from another library.

Request a Purchase

Simmons University Library welcomes requests from members of the Simmons Community for books or other materials to be purchased for our collections. Requests will be evaluated for their appropriateness to the Library's collections.