Library materials can be borrowed through our paging and pickup service. During the summer, curbside pickup is available to current MHC students, faculty, and staff. Please note that we can only provide access to available materials from the MHC collection at this time. We will expand our service to provide access to Five College collections and InterLibrary Loan as our colleagues return to work and as those services are restored.
Use the search box on the LITS homepage to find items in the library catalog. Limit your search by choosing "find library materials" in the dropdown menu.
Items from the following locations, and with a status of Available, can be requested:
MH Leisure Reading
MH Media Video/DVD
MH Leisure Films
Click the Request Item link and log in using your MHC credentials to submit your request.
LITS staff will page the item from the stacks, and email you when it is ready for pickup.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about our paging and pickup service, or if you need assistance requesting items.
You may return books, CDs, and DVDs via the external book drop at the Main library. Please remember, there is no immediate need to return items this summer. Due dates have been extended through the first week of September, books can be renewed, and students are still welcome and encouraged to bring items back when they return to campus.
If you do need to return items from off campus, mail them to the address below. LITS recommends using book rate shipping -- it's cheapest!
Mount Holyoke College LITS
Attn: Library Circulation Rm. 228
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Contact email@example.com if you have questions about how to return library materials.
If you are working from off campus, it's helpful to know how access the library's databases when you're not on the campus network.
When you click on the link to most databases in the library website's Databases A to Z list or in any of the Library Research Guides, you'll be prompted to login using your Mount Holyoke username (not your full email address, just everything before @mtholyoke.edu) and password.
The two main exceptions to this are the Five Colleges Library Catalog and Discover, which will allow you to open and search them without first logging in, but then there are additional steps you need to take to access any of the online (electronic) resources they contain.
You can search the Five College Libraries Catalog from off campus without logging into it. If you find an electronic resource that you wish to open, you'll be prompted to login using your Mount Holyoke username and password when you click on the link to the resource on the catalog record's LOCATION & AVAILABILITY page. Note: Mount Holyoke users only have access to those electronic resources that have a "Mount Holyoke: Link to resource" or "Five Colleges: Link to resource."
You can also search Discover from off campus without logging in, but that restricts you from seeing all search results. It's best to login for an optimal search experience. When you open Discover from off campus, you'll notice a message/link across the top of the screen that reads "Hello, Guest. You can see partial results here, but you must login for full access." Clicking on that link opens a page prompting you to login using your Mount Holyoke username and password.
Some databases don't contain online copies (full text) of the publications that they index, just searchable citations describing the articles, books, and other materials they track to help you identify those that are relevant to your topic. Some databases are a mix of citation only and linked full text content. For the citation only results, you must take additional steps to get a copy of any articles or books you wish to read. However, many of these databases have tools that allow you to limit your search results to only online articles, books, and other materials. Examples of how this works in some commonly used databases:
After you run a search in Discover, you'll notice that the results page has a Refine Results sidebar with a Limit To section. Select the "Full Text Available Online" option to limit your search results to only those articles, books, and other materials that are available online.
Note that even after selecting "Full Text Available Online" some results will show a PDF or other link to the item, while others will still show an "MH Links Options to get item" button. If you click on any of the MH Links buttons, the MH Links window that opens should show MHC Online Options (other databases to which MHC subscribes that do have the online version of the item).
Before you begin searching in the Five College Libraries Catalog, you can limit your search to materials available to Mount Holyoke College users in an online/electronic format. First, on the catalog home page click on the Mount Holyoke link.
Then click on the Advanced tab to get to the catalog's advanced search screen.
In the Advanced search screen, use the Format menu to limit your search to materials available in an electronic format (electronic formats available include E-books, E-journals, E-Video, and E-Audio).
Click on the title of any result you find to view the full catalog record, then on the record's LOCATION & AVAILABILITY link. The Mt. Holyoke Call Numbers & Availability page that opens will have a "Mount Holyoke: Link to resource" or a "Five Colleges: Link to resource." Clicking on either link will prompt you to login using your Mount Holyoke username and password, then open the electronic resource.
Some of the library's databases are searchable collections of all online articles, books, and/or other materials. These are often referred to as "full text" databases. After searching for information on your topic, you don't need to take a lot of additional steps to get the articles or books identified in your results, they're linked right there. A couple of helpful databases that fit into this category are:
LITS reviews all required texts listed in my.mtholyoke and provides an ebook version of these resources whenever possible. Links to these ebooks will be found in your Moodle course.
PDFs of articles and streaming video for required course reading and viewing may also be in your Moodle course. To comply with the provisions of copyright law, these materials in Moodle are only accessible to students registered in the course for the duration of the course.
If you have questions about course materials we suggest contacting your professor first, as they may already have access.
You may request PDFs of book chapters and articles for your coursework through InterLibrary Loan (ILL).
Many libraries are currently closed, and we are unable to fill ILL requests for physical items at this time. If we can't fulfill your original requests, our LITS liaisons are happy to work with you to identify alternate materials that will meet your needs.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries around the world have a long history of collaboration, and we love to help our users! LITS encourages you to take advantage of public and academic library resources, and we are grateful for our partnerships.
Your local public or academic library is a great place to access materials while you're away from campus. Academic libraries often provide library cards for local community members, and your local public library likely offers the same InterLibrary Loan service that LITS provides. If there are books you need or want that aren't immediately available at your local public library, inquire with staff there about InterLibrary Loan.
WorldCat is a shared catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Use WorldCat to locate materials at a library near you, and contact email@example.com or your local library if you need assistance.
LITS strongly encourages you to call ahead and inquire about services currently available at your local library, as their offerings may be impacted by the current public health situation.
As a Mount Holyoke student who lives in Massachusetts for most of the year to attend school, you are eligible for a Boston Public Library eCard. An eCard gives you access to the vast array of the BPL's online resources. Some of our favorites include:
Use your Mount Holyoke campus address and email account to register for your eCard.