Other Libraries

Fenway Library Organization (FLO)


The consortium provides reciprocal borrowing and visiting privileges for member and affiliate institutions. You can search the combined catalog of many of these libraries.

Where? Mostly in the Fenway area; includes Emerson College, which is nearby. Affiliate members, like Suffolk, are found throughout Greater Boston.

Boston Public Library


You can use the extensive research collection.

    BPL also provides in-library access (with a current BPL library card) to several electronic databases not provided by the Sawyer Library including:
  • ISI Emerging Markets
  • RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale)

Where? Main branch is in Copley Square; also, small West End Branch, across from the Ridgeway Building on Cambridge Street.

Can you borrow books? Yes, by getting a library card by showing a Massachusetts ID.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


You can search the library catalogs of many academic and public libraries in Massachusetts.

Where? All over Massachusetts.

You may or may not be able to borrow books, but will be able to use them at the library.

Boston Library Consortium


At this time, you cannot conduct a single search across all library catalogs for books and periodical titles.

Where? Large academic libraries, mostly in the Boston area, plus the Boston Public Library.

You will not be able to borrow books from most of these libraries, but will be able to use them at the library. Exceptions are the University of Massachusetts at Boston, which is part of the Fenway Library Consortium (see listing above) and the Boston Public Library, from which you can get a BPL card by showing a Massachusetts ID. The Northeastern University Libraries require a guest pass, to obtain one, email libraryprivileges@neu.edu.