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Library and Knowledge Commons

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, some services and policies may change. 

Please check the daily announcements and the library web pages for updates.

Harold F. Johnson Library and Knowledge Commons

Access to Library Services
Library services are available to currently enrolled and field study Hampshire College students, faculty, and staff with a valid Hampshire ID. Students on leave do not continue to have access to library services. Students who will be returning to campus the following fall term have access to library services during the summer.

Services include:

  • Access to collections
    • Circulation of books, CDs, bound periodicals, games, media equipment & seeds from the Harold F. Johnson Library Center
    • Direct borrowing and request item access to Five College libraries and Inter-Library Loan
    • Archives and Special Collections, including archived Division III's
  • Help with your academic work:
    • Research Help
    • Audio/Visual Production & Editing Support
    • Technology & Digital Tools
    • Quantitative Skill Development & Coding Help
    • Study Skills, Time Management & Accessibility
    • Writing Help
    • Transformative Speaking
    • Gallery Installation
  • Study spaces: Carrels, 24/7 Airport Lounge
  • Printing/ Scanning/ Faxing/3D Printing
  • Times Square Campus Advertising
  • Division III archiving

Hampshire and Five College Borrowing Policies
Hampshire College students may borrow books directly from all Five College main libraries and most major branch libraries. Items may be borrowed with your student ID. Five College book loan periods are 28 days for students; however, all loans are subject to recall for another borrower or for course reserve.

Media Loans
Five College students may also borrow CDs, DVDs, and VHS directly from all the media libraries in the area. This requires presentation of an ID card from one of the institutions. Five College media loan periods are standardized at five days with three online renewals.

Five College Delivery
Hampshire College students may request books, CDs, videos, and DVDs from the Five Colleges to be sent to the Hampshire College library for pickup. After identifying the desired item in the online library catalog, click on “Request item” and log in using your Hampshire college ID. The request will be placed and the item sent, usually within two business days. You will receive an email notice when the item is ready for pickup. Material will be held for pickup for seven days.

Book, DVD and CD loans may be renewed at least three times for the same time period as the original loan. Click on “My account” in the online library catalog, log in with the barcode on the college ID, and follow the directions on the screen to renew books at all Five College libraries. Items that have been recalled or billed cannot be renewed.

All loans from the Five College libraries are subject to recall for another borrower or for use on reserve. You will receive an e-mail recall notice asking you to return the item and giving its new due date. Unreturned recalls are fined at $2 per day per item, and may result in denial of borrowing privileges.

Two overdue notices are sent in the month following a date the item is due. If it is still not returned, it is billed at a minimum charge of $85 per item, of which $10 is a nonrefundable billing fee. Media loans are billed on a shorter time frame, for a minimum charge of $95. Billed items may result in denial of borrowing privileges. Inquiries about bills should be addressed to the library that owns the item.