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FAQ: COVID-19 and the NECO Library


Our print collection is closed at this time. To request items in print, please use this form.

At this time, you can request articles, but not print books. If you feel the title you need is one we should have in our collection, please let us know at

We are currently working out a system through which you will be able to reserve certain items, such as model skulls, to use in conjunction with a reserved study space at the Beacon St. campus. More details are forthcoming.

We are not able to offer convenience borrowing at this time. Please plan in advance to bring your own devices with you to campus. If you are experiencing issues with your device, please contact the NECO IT Department.

Our catalog, available via the search box on the Library's home page, includes ALL of our holdings, both those available online (as eBooks and eJournals) as well as our print collection. You can use the filters on the left-hand side of the search results screen to show only print items, only items available online, etc.

Print books can be returned via the book drop slot in the Library's service desk. Larger items, such as model skulls, can be returned to a cart designated for this purpose near the service desk.

The NECO Archives' physical collections are closed at this time. However, we have several collections that have been digitized, and we are happy to do a search of all the collections on your behalf. Please contact Heather Edmonds for assistance.



At this time, only individual, pre-reserved study is permitted at the College. Please use this reservation system to book a study space.

Only individual study is permitted at the College at this time.


Many factors went into the decision to close the service desk, including maximum space capacity in the Library. With the exception of convenience items, all services and collections remain available, though some advance planning is required. All assigned reserve readings for the fall semester are either already available electronically, or have been scanned. Suggested reserve readings that are only available in print will be scanned upon request.

Absolutely. There are many ways you can reach us: via email at, using the chat widget at the bottom right of this page during Virtual Reference Desk hours, by phone at 617-687-5589 during Virtual Reference Desk hours (please leave a message, and we will call you back), or make an appointment with a librarian to meet over Zoom.

The printer/copier station is being moved into the Community Commons for better ease of use. Please follow posted instructions for keeping materials clean.




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