Monthly Archives: August 2020

Library Building Access Information – Fall Semester 2020

The Claire T. Carney Library is open to all current UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff with an active UMass Pass ID. If your ID is not active, you will need to activate it with the UMass Pass Office prior to visiting the library as it is required to scan into the building. If you have questions about your UMass Pass, email or call 508-999-8134.

UMass Dartmouth staff have taken many steps to ensure that the library is as safe as possible for our visitors. These steps include:

  • Limiting the building capacity to 275 people,
  • Loaning sanitized keyboards and mice at the Learning Commons Desk,
  • Moving computer workstations to the Grand and South Reading rooms to make social distancing easier,
  • Requiring all visitors to wear masks,
  • Requiring all students who visit the library to be tested for COVID on a weekly basis,
  • Adjusting the room occupancy rules for group study rooms,
  • Hiring students to wipe down tables, keyboards, and other commonly touched surfaces, and
  • Employing the help of “student ambassadors” to help visitors adhere to best safety practices.

You can get information about COVID testing at

You can view the library hours by visiting

We look forward to supporting your research and learning needs this fall. If you have library related questions, email us at or call 508-999-8750.

Announcing a New and Improved Interlibrary Loan!

Beginning Monday, August 24th, UMassD students, faculty, and staff can again request books, dvds, cds, and more through interlibrary loan. We paused this service in March when libraries across the country discontinued book loans due to COVID related closings.

The resumption of physical item loans coincides with the launch of a mobile friendly redesign of ILLiad, i.e., the website you use to submit ILL requests. The new site makes it easier to search your history and to resubmit, edit, and cancel requests. The redesign also includes a new form for multimedia requests.

Watch a four minute demonstration at

Here are a couple screenshots of the new site:

Questions or comments? Please email

Rightfully Hers – Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Rightfully Hers

The Claire T. Carney Library at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is hosting a new popup exhibition from the National ArchivesRightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.  The exhibit is located near the 1st floor Circulation Desk and will run through mid-September 2020.

Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states: “The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

If you have questions or comments about the display, please contact us at