Circulation Policies


  • As of Monday, February 12, Library users will be prompted to enter their campus username and password instead of their barcode when accessing the Library‚Äôs electronic resources from off-campus!

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Eligibility for Healey Library Services

Types of Users and Eligibility


  • UMass Boston enrolled students with an active record 
  • Faculty, staff, retired faculty
  • Affiliate Users (Department Sponsored Affiliates/Contingent Workers)

Services Available:  Borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges; Remote and on-campus access to Healey electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, databases and indexes); 
Access: Use your institutional credentials to access library resources on- and off-campus; activate your library barcode to access interlibrary services.


  • Members of participating library consortia (Boston Library Consortium, Fenway Library Organization, Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities members)
  • UMass Boston Alumni Association members

Services Available:  Borrowing privileges; Onsite use of materials and electronic resources (please note that per vendor licensing agreements, some e-book platforms are available only to UMass Boston community members) 
Access: Present your Alumni ID or your institution ID and consortium ID


Guest Services

  • Community members
  • Commonwealth citizens

Services Available: Onsite use of materials and electronic resources (please note that per vendor licensing agreements, some e-book platforms are available only to UMass Boston community members)
Access: Guests should present ID

Affiliate Users (Sponsored Affiliates/Contingent Workers)

Campus departments can grant Affiliate User status to individuals working as consultants, community partners, or in interinstitutional collaborations.  University policies and licensing arrangements require that a Contingent Worker status be established for these individuals.  The sponsoring department should arrange for this status by following the process outlined through Human Resource’s Contingent Worker Guidelines available at Human Resource’s Forms page.  The Contingent Worker Status must be created for the affiliate user to appear in the library system and before a library barcode can be issued.

Accessing Online Library Resources Off-Campus

Your campus username and password enables access to Healey Library's electronic resources (ebooks, articles in databases, streaming videos, etc) from off-campus.

The use of books, journals, databases within the physical library is free for any library patron or visitor, although please note that per vendor licensing agreements, some e-book platforms are available only to UMass Boston community members. If you have any questions, please contact the Circulation Desk at 617.287.5900.

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Borrowing a Laptop

Current UMass Boston Students can use a laptop, free of charge, by simply checking one out at the Circulation Desk. 

Overview of Laptop Policies

  • A valid UMass Boston Student ID is Required;
  • Laptops are loaned on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number are available;
  • The loan period is 4 hours; fines are assessed for late returns;
  • Laptops may not leave the Library;
  • The borrower will be charged for missing parts or damage caused to any part of the laptop, battery pack, or power/recharging unit;
  • Laptop must remain in your possession at all times as you’re responsible for lost, stolen or damaged equipment. Any damages noticed prior to or during use must be reported immediately.

Software Installed:
MS Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, InfoPath) Internet Browsers.

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Loan Periods and Renewals

The standard loan period for circulating collections is:

  • Faculty and staff: 120 days
  • Graduate students: 60 days
  • Undergraduates: 30 days
  • Affiliates: 30 days 
  • Laptops: 4 hours
  • Reserve Items: 3 hours

Please renew items before the due date and time.  Before items are due they can be renewed online, via email, telephone (617-287-5900), or in person.  

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Overdue Notices and Lost Item Billing

To encourage prompt returns and help avoid fines, two courtesy overdue notices are sent within 30 days of the due date.  Notices are sent via electronic mail.  On the 40th day an item is considered lost and a Fines and Fee Notice will be sent via electronic mail.  This is a bill for a lost item’s overdue fines and its replacement charges (see below).  Lost Item charges and fees will result in a HOLD placed on a user’s WISER account.

Late Return Fines / Healey Library Materials

  • Overdue items are charged $.75 per day per item with a maximum of $30. Fines begin accumulating on the first day overdue.
  • After an item has been overdue for 40 days, the item will be assumed lost.  In addition to overdue fines a $30 processing fee and item's replacement cost will be charged. The item's replacement charge is based upon the actual cost to the library to replace.  Lost item fees and replacement charges apply to all Library users.  
  • Overdue fines of $10 or more will result in a HOLD placed on a user’s WISER account.  Holds will not allow students to receive grades, transcripts, or register for classes.
  • The Library accepts checks, credit cards and cash for payment of fines and fees.  Payment in coins not to exceed $0.99.  
  • Users may replace lost items with an equivalent edition or version of the lost item.  Bring the replacement item to the Circulation desk.  Replacement is subject to the approval of Healey Library’s Business Acquisitions and Technical Services department.

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Course Reserves Recalls

Any item in circulation may be recalled at any time from any user (see Holds).  If the item is needed to be placed on course reserve, a user will receive a recall notice which shortens their loan period to 10 days from the date of the notice. The standard $0.75 a day overdue fine begins accumulating if the item is not returned by the shortened due date.  

Reserves Loan Periods

•       Course reserve materials circulate within and outside the library.

•       Most reserve items have a three-hour loan period—a few have a longer loan period.

•       There are no renewals of reserve items, though items may be checked out for another loan period based on demand and at the discretion of circulation staff.

Reserves Late Return Fines

All faculty, staff, and students are assessed overdue fines, to strongly encourage the timely return of items so that other patrons may access them. Fines for overdue reserve items are the following:

•       $0.10 cents per minute

•       maximum overdue charge: $150 per day

Replacement cost is determined by the actual cost to the library to replace the book and $15 for folders. The processing fee is $25 for each item.

Review your account to verify due dates, due times and any accrued fines.

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A user may place a hold on any item that is charged out to another user.  The Hold does not alter the item’s due date. Once that item is returned, it will be held for 10 days to pick up at the Circulation desk. Holds can only be placed on an item that is charged out. 

To place an item on hold:  Log into UMBrella and confirm that the book is checked out; click the Request link next to REQUEST OPTIONS. Fill out the required information on the following screen and click Request. Once the item is returned a notice will be sent to let you know the book is available for you at the Circulation desk. The Circulation desk can also place the hold for you in person.

InterLibrary Loan Materials

Overdue charges for items borrowed from other libraries apply to all users.  Fines and fees for lost items from another library are determined by the lending library’s replacement policy.  Questions regarding overdue and lost items from another library are handled by the Interlibrary Loan Department: 617.287.5945 |  These policies apply to books borrowed through your InterLibrary loan account as well as books borrowed through UMass Boston WorldCat.

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