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Research & Resources

Find Resources:

Books in the catalog

Use a keyword, author name or title to search the catalog for books, videos, software, journals, websites, career resources and more.

Click on the item's title for more information, and if we have the physical item, or access to an electronic version, the location and call number or link will be provided.

See the catalog help page for detailed instructions.

Physical books in the library

The quickest way to locate a book is to find the floor it is located on and its call number from a catalog search.

If you want to browse the library, use these maps to determine where items on certain topics and formats (DVDs, magazines, books, etc.) are located.

An article that says "not available"

Have you found an interesting article online, clicked on Find Full-Text and been disappointed to see "Article is not available?" You can still get that article!

  • First, you can check if it's available at library near Simmons that you could go visit by clicking on "At another local library."
  • Second, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library. This is a quick and easy process that provides you access to resources that Simmons does not own.
Course reserve materials

Materials that instructors place on reserve are located at the Circulation Desk.

You can also see what's on reserve for your course through the Course Reserves system.

Find Locations:

Getting to the Library and navigating different floors
Maps and directions are available to get to the Library via car or public transportation. Maps of each Library floor are also available: Level 1, Level 2, Ground Level.
The Library classroom (L225)

Go past the Circulation Desk, up the stairs and turn left.

L225 is the first room on the left. (If you get to the copy machine or the bathrooms you've gone past it.)

College Archives

Go past the Circulation Desk, up the stairs and turn right. The College Archives will be on your right.

Where to check out books, reserve items, DVDs and more

The Circulation Desk is located in the Information Commons, on the main floor of the library; it is on your left as you enter through the main doors. You will need your Simmons ID to check items out.

Group study rooms

There are group study rooms, for student use only, located on all three levels of the library:

Ground Level L023 - L024
Level 1 (entry level) L101 - L128
Level 2 L203 - L208

Alden Trust, Mann, and Crane Meeting Rooms
  • Alden Trust: Go past the Circulation Desk and up the stairs. The Alden Trust room will be on your left near the comfortable chairs.
  • Mann: Go past the Circulation Desk and up the stairs. The Mann room will be on your left. It is the room closest to the windows.
  • Crane: Go to the second floor of Lefavor (one flight of stairs up from outside the Library's main entrance). The Crane Room will be on your right.

Use Services:

Access resources from off-campus

Students, faculty, and staff can access our resources from off-campus. After clicking on a resource you'll be presented with a page on which to Log In to Your Simmons Library Account. Use your Simmons username and password to access resources, including e-books, databases and more, and to renew materials you have checked out.

Reserve a study room or book a meeting room

Students can reserve a group study room online. You can also view group study room policies.

Members of the Simmons community may book a Library meeting room (Alden Trust or Mann Rooms) via the college room booking system.

Print, copy or scan

You will need your Simmons ID or a guest card to print, copy or scan. You can obtain a guest card at the Reference Desk.

You can also view detailed information on technology in the library, including step-by-step instructions for printing, scanning, copying, and adding funds to your account.

Renew a book

Simmons Library items can be renewed online by clicking the Log In to Your Account in the right-hand side blue menu of the Library's homepage. Interlibrary Loan items can be renewed by logging into the Interlibrary Loan website.

Use web-based citation managers

Organize your research into a personal database of references and create bibliographies in the citation style of your choice.

Explore our Citation Managers Guide to pick the tool that best fits your needs.

Check the library's hours

Today's hours are listed in the right-hand side blue menu of the Library's homepage.

The complete Library & Information Commons schedule can be found here.