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Faculty and staff must present a Simmons University ID to check out materials.

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 Service Desk on Level 1.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 90 days with 3 renewals
  • Popular Reading: 28 days with 3 renewals
  • DVDs and VHS Cassettes: 7 days with 1 renewal
  • 16mm films: 7 days with 1 renewal
  • Audio CDs: 7 days with 3 renewals
  • Reference Books: 24 hours


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. These charges will be cleared if the item is returned.

Renewing & Returning

To renew items, log in to the Library Catalog with your Simmons username and password. Items that other Library users have requested and other high-demand items are unavailable for renewal.

Booking Media for Classroom Use

If you wish to play audio or visual media from the Library's collection during your class:

  1. Place the item on 3-hour reserve for your course using the Reserves system.You can only book media items that are on reserve. This ensures that the items will be available when you want to use them.
  2. Book the item for the day and time of your class using the Library Catalog:
    Find the item in the Catalog and click the "Book Item" button above the item's title.
    Enter the date and time that you need the item.
    Items on 3-hour reserve may not be booked for more than three hours. If you need an item for more than 3 hours, please contact the Library Service Desk at [email protected] or 617-521-2780.
    Items should be booked in advance (by 4:00 pm on the weekday before your pickup date) to ensure their availability.
  3. Pick up the item at the Library Service Desk on the day of your request.

Please contact the Library Service Desk at [email protected] or 617-521-2780 with questions about booking media.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If there are materials that you need for scholarship or teaching that the Library does not own, we may be able to borrow them for you from another library. To place interlibrary loan requests, log in to the ILL system with your username and password.

Go to the ILL website for more information. For questions or problems, please contact the ILL staff at [email protected] or 617-521-2796.

  • Renewing: Log in to the ILL system to request a renewal. A renewal must be requested before an item is due. Not all libraries grant renewals.
  • Overdue ILLs: Shortly before its due date, you will receive a courtesy notice reminding you that your ILL item is due soon. After 30 days, you may be billed for the item. Please note that lending libraries' replacement fees are often $80 or more.

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