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Other area libraries

There are a few options to access and borrow from collections from other area libraries.

Public libraries

The Minuteman Library Network
The MLN includes public and college libraries in eastern in central Massachusetts, including all branches in Cambridge and Somerville. There are 43 member libraries with 62 locations, providing access to more than 6,000,000 items, including audio CDs and DVDs. Membership also provides access to electronic resources – magazines, newspapers, and reference resources.

The MLN website provides detailed information on obtaining a library card and using their services. Full borrowing privileges are only available to residents of Massachusetts, but anyone may use their collections on site.

Boston Public Library
Any resident of Massachusetts, person who resides in Massachusetts while attending school, or person who is a non-resident but works full time in the state, may obtain borrowing privileges for the BPL.

The BPL issues two types of borrowing cards

  • The standard membership card allows regular borrowing privileges for physical collections
  • The BPL e-card provides the above privileges as well as access to computers, museum passes, and electronic resources, including reservations for electronic audio books and e-book downloads.


College and university libraries

MIT and Wellesley College have a long standing reciprocal agreement. To register for an in person borrowing account at Wellesley, go to the circulation desk and present a valid MIT ID.

State university libraries are by default open to visitors.

Boston Library Consortium libraries
Some BLC libraries allow visitor access to on site collections. Please contact the BLC member library before visiting to confirm whether access privileges are available to visitors.

BLC libraries that do not allow visitor access include:

  • Boston College Law Library
  • Tufts Hirsch Health Sciences Library