About Us


Visit: Circulation Desk, Library Main Floor
Call: 413-662-5321
Text: 413-224-6600
Frequently Asked Questions

About the Library

photo of the exterior of the library in the winterAbout the Building

Freel Library, constructed in 1970, houses two information centers of the college: the Library and Adult Basic Education. The Library offers a quiet study atmosphere on the upper level, and comfortable seating that allows for group study and collaboration on the main level. Students are welcome to bring their laptops to the library, which has wireless access throughout, or to use the library computers located on the main and upper levels. Three computers at the circulation desk provide easy access to the library's catalog, which allows students to locate books, DVDs, and other materials Freel owns.

The library is open over 90 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Current hours are posted on the main library website.

Library Resources

The library offers a full range of resources and services to meet the needs of the academic community. A collection of approximately 130,000 print volumes, over 140,000 ebooks, and over 40 research databases, which include full-text articles from more than 40,000 journals, allow state-of-the-art searching for research topics. Students may find these online materials at any location with internet access by visiting the library's website. In addition to its own extensive resources, the library offers an interlibrary loan program through which students can obtain materials from other libraries.

Computers in the Library

Freel Library offers wireless internet and printer access for MCLA laptop users. For additional information on the extent of the campus wireless network and how to set up your PC or Mac laptop for wireless access, please go to http://techhelp.mcla.edu/index.php/Network

Computers available for student use (unless otherwise noted you will need to log in)

Main floor

15 laptop computers available for checkout and use in the library, ask at the desk
5 computers for internet access, word processing and email
3 computers for finding books and videos in the library (no login needed)
2 computers for searching our online journal, magazine and newspaper databases (no login needed).

Top floor
10 computers for internet access, word processing and email
1 computer for finding books and videos in the library (no login needed)

Research and Reference Help

Freel reference staff provides MCLA students with individual assistance as well as formal instruction in information and research strategies. Freel offers drop-in reference services most hours the library is open. Students may also call ahead (413-622-5325) to set up an appointment with a reference librarian or schedule an appointment online.

HELM Consortium

Freel Library belongs to the HELM consortium. Founded in 2017, HELM is an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education. HELM libraries are also members of the Fenway Library Organization (FLO), a consortium of academic and special libraries in Massachusetts. FLO provides library support and hosts the library catalog. Materials not available through HELM may be requested on inter-library loan. Materials that students request through interlibrary loan may take two weeks to arrive for books, usually less for articles. Planning ahead or beginning assignments early will help ensure that students who need specialized resources receive interlibrary loan materials in time to meet their deadlines.