Monday, July 10, 2017

Alternatives to using the Five College Library Catalog

7/13/2017 Update: 

As of 7/13/2017, the Five College Library Catalog is back online. If you encounter any problems or have questions about library materials that were due or needed to be renewed during the outage, please contact

Original post: 

As of 7/10/2017, the Five College Library Catalog is temporarily offline, so there are some changes in how you identify and locate certain library materials.

You can:

  • Borrow/check out items from the library.
  • Search in Discover (the main search box on the LITS home page) to find call numbers and locations for print books.
  • If the book location is MH Stacks, write down the call number then either come to the library to see if the book is available on the shelf or call the Circulation Desk at x2622 with the call numbers.
  • If the book location is another library, physically go there and check to see if the book is available on the shelf. You may call their circulation desks, but not all libraries are set up to retrieve books from the stacks on demand.

You cannot:

  • Search for items using the catalog.
  • Request print books from other 5 College libraries.
  • Connect to most ebooks, streaming videos, and streaming audio you locate in Discover.
  • Access your library “My Account” to see the status of holds, due dates for checked out items.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will post an update when the library catalog is functional.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Call or email: x2622,, or