Healey Library

at the University of Massachusetts Boston



General Inquiries

For questions about library hours, your account, laptops, barcodes, loan periods, overdue book, fines, or any general library questions, contact the Circulation Department at:

For a list of all departments, check the listing of Library Departments.

Faculty can contact a liaison librarian attached to their respective departments.

Research Assistance 

We really want to hear from you. We offer six ways to connect:

  • Ask a Librarian!  
    Library answers, convenient and fast, web-hosted in the cloud, with a built-in FAQ
  • Call 617.287.5940 for the Reference Desk during staffed hours.
  • Chat with a Librarian, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week assistance by UMass Boston librarians and other academic librarians on college campuses throughout the world.
  • Text: 617.826.9978
    A UMass Boston reference librarian will respond within 24 hours (Monday-Friday).
  • Schedule a Research Consultation with a Reference Librarian. 
    We can help you find and cite articles, books and more for your papers and projects.
  • Visit the Healey Library’s 4th floor Reference Desk during staffed hours. During weekend and evening hours, visit the second floor Circulation Desk for assistance. A staff member there will get you started and will consult a librarian, if needed.

Research Tools

Citation Tools

  • Citing Sources provides links to reliable web sites that guide students through citation styling, academic writing, avoiding plagiarism, etc.
  • Citation Management Tools offers a comparison of different tools.
  • EasyBib automatically creates citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and more.
  • EndNote Basic is a component of EndNote and Web of Science. It is a web-based reference organizer and collaboration tool.
  • Mendeley is a free tool from Elsevier that allows users to organize, reference, annotate, and share documents
  • RefWorks is free to all UMass Boston students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is a web-based citation management tool that facilitates collecting and organizing references and formatting research papers. The library provides support and instruction for RefWorks.
  • Zotero is a free Firefox browser extension that lets you collect, manage, and cite a multitude of resources while surfing the Internet.

Related Assistance

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Have a Question? Ask a Librarian

Get help 24/7: The library staff is here to help you find any book, article, or material that you need. Email, text, chat, or call. Read More 

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Writing a Paper? Start Here

The Healey Library staff has created research guides to help you in your research process. Search by subject. Read More 


  • Regular Hours

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    Monday 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m.
    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m.
    Wednesday 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m.
    Thursday 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m.
    Friday 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. 5 p.m.
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