If you cannot find the book you need in the RCC Library, try other HELM or FLO libraries or another community college or state college library. All state residents may borrow from the Boston Public Library. You can use your RCC ID to borrow from any state run college library.
If you want us to borrow a book for you from another library, make out an request in person at the Circulation Desk, by phone at 617-541-5323 or electronically by selecting Book ILL Request.
We will contact you when the book is received. It usually takes a week or two. The lending library establishes the length of time you can keep the book.
If you need an article that is not available through the RCC library in hard copy or in a database, ask a librarian which local library has the article.
Or the RCC Library can get a copy of virtually any article you may want and send it to your email address. You can make a request in person at the Circulation Desk, by phone at 617-541-5323 or electronically by selecting Article ILL Request.
ComCat is the state run catalog that lets you log in and place holds on books from libraries all across the state. From the website: "With access to millions of titles, the Commonwealth Catalog extends your library’s reach to all participating libraries throughout Massachusetts, with convenient pick-up at your local library." You should use ComCat after you have checked the RCC library or HELM network for material.
You can place holds on material and pick it up at the RCC library. You have access to millions of items from library networks across the state. Below are the participating library networks:
Bridgewater State University
CLAMS, Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing
C/W MARS, Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing
FLO, Fenway Libraries Online
HELM, Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts
MBLN, Metro Boston Library Network (including the Boston Public Library)
MLN, Minuteman Library Network
MVLC, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium
NOBLE, North of Boston Library Exchange
OCLN, Old Colony Library Network
SAILS Library Network
University of Massachusetts, Amherst