Freel Library provides a full-range of services to currently enrolled MCLA students. These include 24/7 access to all online resources (e.g. full-text articles, journals, and databases), research help, borrowing privileges, and more.
MCLA full- and part-time faculty and staff can access all library services from both on- and off-campus. The Library also offers reference and research assistance, streaming video service, library instruction sessions tailored to your classes, interlibrary loan (ILL), purchase requests, and more.
Freel Library welcomes alumni, guests, and the public to use its resources in person. All online resources are available from computers located in the library and users on the MCLA Campus wireless guest network. Off-campus access to the library’s online resources (e.g. databases and journal articles) is restricted to current MCLA students, faculty, and staff.
After you graduate from MCLA, you are welcome to come to Freel Library during our regular hours to use its resources. Many of our online journal databases, including the EBSCO and Gale databases, JSTOR and LexisNexis, are accessible on a public computer in the Reference Department of the library. This computer does not allow general internet access. We recommend that you email or download to a flash drive any articles you want copies of. Due to the limitations of our licenses with the database vendors, we are not able to offer alumni remote access to any of our subscription databases. If you want to borrow books, you will need a valid CWMARS library card from your local library. CWMARS library cards are issued by libraries in the central and western sections of Massachusetts. Freel Library issues library cards only to currently enrolled students and staff. ebrary digital books are not available to alumni, but holders of CWMARS library cards can borrow the many other ebooks provided through the CWMARS and Commonwealth catalogs. We are also unable to provide interlibrary loan services to alumni. If you need to borrow books not held by your local library, ask them if they can borrow materials for you from other libraries. Library hours and contact information for library departments can be found on the main library page.
Residents of Massachusetts can access online journal article databases, ebooks and audiobooks with their local public library card. They can also request materials from member libraries, which will be delivered to their home library to be picked up at their convenience. MCLA's Freel Library is part of this interlibrary loan system and we loan our circulating materials to libraries all across Massachusetts. For information on accessing these resources, please contact your local library. For more information on accessing these resources, check the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Statewide Databases FAQ page. Access to these resources in funded by local townS, the MBLC, the Massachusetts Library System and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
People who live, work or go to school in Massachusetts can sign up for an ecard which will allow them to remotely access additional digital resources, including ebooks, magazines, journals and newspapers, from the Boston Public Library. To sign up for your ecard, go here. Your local public library card will not give you access to the Boston Public Library resources.
If you are not a resident of Massachusetts, we recommend that you contact your local public. They will be able to direct you to any statewide resources in your state similar to those offered in Massachusetts.
Below are links to the state libraries in New England and New York. If your state is not listed, Google the name of your state and "state library".