For COF and FLO Users

What are the COF and FLO?

Colleges of the Fenway (COF)

The COF is a collaborative group of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. Simmons students and employees may borrow from COF libraries and vice versa. COF students registered for courses at Simmons University have the same Library privileges as Simmons students. Cross-registered students must obtain a Simmons photo ID and a Simmons email username and password in order to access course reserves, use e-resources off campus, and borrow Library materials. Simmons IDs may be obtained from the Campus Card Office.

Fenway Library Organization (FLO)

FLO is a group of academic and special libraries in the Boston/Cambridge area to which Simmons belongs. Simmons students and employees may borrow from FLO libraries and vice versa.

Visiting the Library

Fenway Library Organization members are welcome to visit the Library when
the building is open to the public.

Please complete the Simmons Library Request for Access form in order to set up an appointment to access the library during closed building hours.


FLO members must present an ID or library card from their home institution to check out materials. A Simmons Library barcode will be placed on the card.

Please contact the Library Service Desk at [email protected] or 617-521-2780 with questions about borrowing, renewing, and returning Library materials.

Checkout Location

Library materials may be checked out at the Library Service Desk on Level 1.

Loan Periods 

  • Books: 28 days with 3 renewals
  • Popular Reading: 28 days with 3 renewals
  • Audio CDs: 7 days with 3 renewals
  • DVDs and VHS Cassettes: 7 days with 1 renewal

Overdue Materials

The Library emails reminder notices for overdue items. When an item is 45 days overdue, an additional replacement charge will be billed to your Library account.

Renewing & Returning

To renew items, please contact the Library Service Desk at 617-521-2780 or [email protected]. Items that other Library users have requested and other high-demand items are unavailable for renewal.


Items may be returned:

  • To the Library Service Desk
  • To the book drop in Lefavour Hall, Level G (across from the restrooms)
  • By mail to:
    Library Service Desk
    Simmons University
    300 The Fenway
    Boston, MA 02115


FLO members may access Simmons e-resources in the Library. Remote access is not available to FLO members due to vendor restrictions.

Please see your home library for remote access to e-resources. The Boston Public Library also provides remote access to e-resources for all Massachusetts residents.