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Resources for On-Campus Services

RCC Library Resources Available On Campus

Visiting the Library If you need to visit the library spaces, the links below will help you make the necessary appointments to come in. You can find the calendar here to see our upcoming events, consult our open hours page for more details.

Make an appointment to visit the library If you wish to study on campus, use a library computer, microscope, or other equipment, or meet with a librarian. (Note: All meetings with librarians will take place virtually, using Microsoft Teams or Zoom on your phone, computer, or a computer lent to you by the library.  You do not have to come to the library to meet with a librarian, but you may do so, if you like.)

Borrowing Physical Materials Request Library Materials using our Office 365 form. We'll pull the materials from the stacks for you, and hold them at the circulation desk. When your items are ready for pick-up, we'll email you. Next, you'll need to make an appointment to pick up library materials at a time and date that is convenient for you. When you are finished with the materials, please place them in the book drop outside building 3.

RCC Library Resources Available Remotely (off campus) 

The RCC Library has an array of resources that be accessed from off-campus to meet your research needs. All these resources can be accessed with your library barcode. If you do not have a barcode, please email the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will assign one to you.

Research questions/Help: Real-time chat reference will be available during what would have been the library's open hours on this page with the chat icon or at

Circulation: We will provide barcodes to students who need them by email. 

Reserves: The library has found some reserve textbooks books online that are free to use. Please go to

Research Databases: The Library has over 60 different research article databases, all accessible from home. Click on the link to view the list:

EBooks: The library has over 60,000 eBooks, all accessible from home.

  • Ebook Central includes 30,000 online books. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users. ·
  • EBSCO eBook Collectionoffers thousands of eBooks from a wide variety of disciplines including science, history, engineering, education, and more. 
  • R2 Digital Libraryis a leading eBook platform optimized for the health sciences. A comprehensive collection of medical, nursing, and allied health sources with seminal and specialized titles.
  • New! EBSCO Academic Collection eBooks:

Streaming Videos: Students, faculty, and staff have access to over 100,000 streaming videos from two separate services.

  • Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 64,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
  • Kanopy streams thousands of titles including classic cinema, documentaries, independent movies, and foreign films.
  • JoVE Science Education offers quality videos. These simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations cover a wide range of STEM subjects.

Research Guides: We offer over a hundred research guides to help you find resources. To access them, go to

Tutorials: The library has several tutorials to help you do your research. To access them, go to


Library Services

The Library has a host of services to support students, faculty and staff at RCC. The library supports the mission of the college by:

  1. Providing equipment and technology for classroom support.
  2. Using a national interlibrary loan system to get you resources that the library does not have.
  3. Having many textbooks and other course materials on Reserve
  4. Preserving the college’s history and supporting research and academia through an archive program and its special collections.

Faculty Services

Archives and Special Collections

Interlibrary Loan

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.

Book ILL

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.

Article ILL

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 (Commonwealth Catalog)

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