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The library aims to support teaching and learning at Simon’s Rock, responding to the needs of our students by engaging with students and faculty through individual, in-depth services; teaching students to be proficient, ethical information seekers; facilitating equitable access to information resources; and providing welcoming spaces for intellectual discovery.

Circulation and Reserves

The main desk at the library is where you can check out, renew, and return items from the collection. For detailed information about loan and renewal periods and other circulation privileges, see our Borrowing Policy.

At faculty request, we place books, DVDs, and other items on reserve in the library. Reserves can be checked out for four hours from the Circulation Desk. You can search for items on reserve in the Library Catalog. Electronic course materials are available via Moodle.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Victoria Bokaer:; 413-528-7284.

Interlibrary Loan

While we do all we can to make extensive research resources available to our students and faculty, you will probably not find every book and article you need in our collections and online resources. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) gives you to access materials from libraries across the country and around the world. Submit your request online and we’ll get it for you. Renewal of an ILL item can be requested, but is granted at the discretion of the lending library.

Questions? Contact or call 413-528-7361.


Research is not always straightforward and navigating library collections and resources can sometimes be confusing. That’s why we’re here to help: reference services are available by email, telephone, and in person. We’ll try to answer any question you ask!

Telephone: 413-528-7370
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We want to make sure students have the skills required to find, analyze, and use information effectively and ethically, so we offer a variety of workshops to help develop those skills. From “proofreading parties” to 30-minute clinics and lunchtime Tech Tools sessions, we try to fit our offerings to your needs.

In addition, faculty can request discipline-specific sessions for their courses, offered at the library or in their classroom. Contact Brian Mikesell:; 413-528-7274.


We’re always willing to help, but there are some things you can do on your own:

  • Open stacks: most books are on open shelving in the library, just find a call number and go get what you need! Current print periodicals (up to about one year old) are also on the shelf for easy access.
  • Photocopying: no charge for students; 10 cents per page for all others.
  • Scanning: the photocopier in the library can scan in color or black and white and email the file(s) directly to you at no charge.
  • Printing: there is no charge for students to print at the two print release stations in the library; print from anywhere on campus and release your jobs here; request additional pages for your account by contacting ITS at
  • My Library Account: Simon’s Rock students, faculty, and staff can log in to their library account to renew items or place holds on items checked out to another borrower. All you need is the library barcode number on your Simon’s Rock ID card.

For Faculty

  • Instructional Technology Support: Librarians provide training for and assistance with Moodle, Google Apps for Education, and more. As you design courses and assignments, we can help! Contact Brian Mikesell (; 413-528-7274) or KellyAnne McGuire (; 413-528-7356).
  • Collection Development: Request books and DVDs for the library collection in support of the Academy and College curricula by contacting Victoria Bokaer (; 413-528-7284). For guidance, ask a librarian or consult the library’s Collection Development Policy.

If you need assistance with any of these services, just ask us!