Minuteman Library Network Consortium
Minuteman Library Network
The Minuteman Library Network (MLN) is a consortium of 43 libraries with 62 locations and a Central Site Staff that work collectively to provide excellent service to its library users. The members include 35 public libraries and 7 other college libraries:
- Dean College
- Framingham State
- Lasell College
- MassBay Community College (Wellesley and Framingham campuses)
- Mount Ida College
- Pine Manor College
Through the Minuteman Library Network libraries (both public and academic) you have access to over 6 million items, including books, cassettes, CDs, and videos. This sharing of resources is made possible by a computerized system that includes an online catalog that we share with the other libraries. This catalog can be accessed by clicking on the "Catalog" link on the left-hand side of this page.
In FY10 over 1.86 million items were shared among MLN libraries. A Regis College Library account (started when the library places a barcode on the back of your Regis ID) allows borrowing privileges in person or via intra-library transfer. Our patrons may visit any MLN library in person to borrow in person or via intra-library transfer. Any one who has a current Regis ID may visit any MLN library in person to borrow materials, seek information, do research, or just browse. Also, anyone with a valid Regis Library account may request that materials be sent to their home library from another member library. If you requested a book through the Minuteman Library Network, you will be notified by email when the book is received. All materials borrowed from Minuteman libraries may be returned to any member library.
The Virtual Catalog allows patrons to search several library catalogs at once, and request items not held by any library within the Minuteman Library Network. It can be accessed by clicking on the "Catalog" link on the left side of this page and looking under the column labelled "Catalogs". Institutions currently participating in the Virtual Catalog project are:
- Bridgewater State College
- Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAM)
- Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing (C/W MARS)
- Fenway Libraries Online (FLO)
- Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC)
- Metro Boston Library Network (MBLN)
- North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE)
- Old Colony Library Network (OCLN)
- University of Massachusetts at: Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell
- Westfield State College
Remember to check the Minuteman Library Network catalog before trying the Virtual Catalog -- items found in the Virtual Catalog that belong to an MLN library must be requested through the MLN catalog rather than through the Virtual Catalog. Once you have placed a request in the Virtual Catalog, please allow at least one week for your request to be filled. Once your book or other materials ordered have been received at Regis College Library, you will received a notice by email asking to come and pick it/them up.