Commonwealth Catalog & Interlibrary Loan

When books, microfilm, audiovisual materials and periodical articles are not available via the Minuteman Library Network Catalog, these materials may be available via either the Commonwealth Catalog (try this option first) or then the Interlibrary Loan system. The Commonwealth Catalog now searches four MA library networks and systems, with more coming later in the year!

1. Commonwealth Catalog

The Commonwealth Catalog searches all participating libraries+-

Today public libraries from Cape Cod (CLAMS), Fenway Libraries Online, and Bridgewater State University are a part of the Commonwealth Catalog, with more to come!

in one easy step and allows you to sort your results by material type: books, audiobooks, DVD. It gives you access to thousands of items from academic, special, and public libraries. Once you request an item through the Commonwealth Catalog it usually only takes a few days for your local library to receive it and they’ll notify you so you can stop by your library and pick it up. You’ll also return the item to your local library.

Please search the Minuteman catalog first. If the material you want is not available in the catalog, please log in below to use the Commonwealth Catalog.

If the items you are requesting are not in the Minuteman Library Network or in the Commonwealth Catalog, you may request them in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone at (617) 796-1360, or by filling out the online request form available here

2.Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Materials not available from non-Minuteman or Commonwealth Catalog Libraries may be obtained after you submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.

You may do this in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone at (617) 796-1360, or by filling out the online request form available here

When using the online Interlibrary Loan request form, fill out as much information as possible about the item you want. Your request will be processed by the Interlibrary Loan Department. If there are questions about your request, you will be contacted by telephone or by email. Please allow at least 2 weeks for receipt of books or media items. Articles usually arrive within a few days. You will be contacted as soon as the item you requested has arrived. If we are unable to obtain the item you requested, you will also be notified. For any question regarding your request, call the Reference Department at (617) 796-1360.