For Students

Borrowing

Students need a Simmons University ID/account to check out materials. Please contact the Service Desk at circulation@simmons.edu 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: 28 days with 3 renewals
  • Popular Reading: 28 days with 3 renewals
  • DVDs and VHS Cassettes: 7 days with 1 renewal
  • Audio CDs: 7 days with 3 renewals

Overdues

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. Outstanding charges on your library account may affect your ability to register for classes, graduate, or obtain copies of transcripts, or may be referred to the Dean of Student Life as violations of the Simmons University Honor Code.

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.

Items may be returned:

To the 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

Course Reserves

  • Books, media, journal articles, and other materials required for coursework can be placed in the Course Reserve Collection by instructors.
  • Books and media that are on reserve for your courses can be found by searching for your course on the Course Reserves website.
  • Instructors make electronic items, like online articles, available through your syllabus or online course. For instructions on how to find an electronic article from a citation, check out the Course Readings Guide.
  • For questions or problems, please contact the Reserves staff at reserves@simmons.edu or 617-521-2796.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If there are materials that you need for academic work 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 ill@simmons.edu or 617-521-2796.

  • Renewing ILLs: 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. Unpaid ILL fees may affect your ability to register for classes, graduate, or obtain copies of your transcript or may be referred to the Dean of Student Life as violations of the Simmons University Honor Code.

Study Space

The Simmons Library offers a spacious and modern environment that accommodates both individual and collaborative learning. Comfortable chairs, large tables, and study carrels are available throughout the Library.

Group Study Rooms

  • There are 20 group study rooms available for Simmons students. Some rooms contain technology such as Blu-ray/DVD players and TV Displays.
  • To reserve a room, log in to the Library Study Rooms system with your Simmons username and password.
  • Group study rooms are for use by Simmons students only.
  • Group study rooms are for use by groups, not individuals.
  • Simmons students may reserve group study rooms for up to 3 hours per day.
  • Reservations may be made up to 28 days in advance.

For questions or problems, please contact the Service Desk at circulation@simmons.edu or 617-521-2780.

Individual Study Space

Quieter areas for individual study include:

  • The 24-hour Silent Study Room on Level 1
  • Study carrels on Level 2

Other Services