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Internet Archive Announces a National Emergency Library (Free Access to eBooks)

“To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a waitlist, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe. ” 

Trial Access to eBooks, Databases, Videos, and More.

The Claire T. Carney librarians have secured trial access to several resources we hope will support our Spring 2020 classes. Any additional trials will be announced in future posts. Please send any feedback to Susan Raidy-Klein, Collection Development and Acquisitions Librarian.

Academic Search Ultimate (EBSCO) offers access to combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos serving higher education and research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, including the global perspective from international full text journals and Associated Press videos from 1930-present.

Academic Video Online (ProQuest) includes a wide variety of  curriculum-related video materials including documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage. 

eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO) contains more than 100 subjects related to high-interest disciplines, including business, humanities, medicine, technology, and many more. 

Ebook Central (ProQuest) is an extensive collection of multidisciplinary e-books from university and scholarly publishers along with reviews, recommendations, and research tools. 

Hearings Prospective 2011-forward (ProQuest) is a collection of Congressional hearing documents and primary source evidence of testimony by representatives of  all societal sectors, including business, industry, labor, education, health, criminal justice, public leaders, community advocates, and ordinary citizens.

History Vault (ProQuest) consists of digitized manuscripts, archival materials and historical periodicals for research of United States history 1636-1996. Five subject collections of primary source and multi-media materials cover American history from slave trade of the British colonies through ensuing struggles for civil rights, political reform, unions and international relations of the 20th century. 

R2 Digital Library (Rittenhouse) “The R2 Digital Library is a web based database available from Rittenhouse Book Distributors. It offers fully integrated and searchable medical, nursing and allied health source book content from key health science publishers, on a web based platform.”

Preferred Names

Do you have a preferred name that differs from your legal name?

We are pleased to offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to provide the library with a preferred name. This will affect automated notifications (e.g., Borrowing Activity Letters, Overdue Notices, etc.). When available, a preferred name will appear on library notifications in place of a legal name.

Submit a Preferred Name


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New Trial: JoVE Science Education Library

The library is hosting trial access to JoVE Science Education Library through December 15, 2019. JoVE is a unique STEM video collection that demonstrates fundamental concepts and techniques of biology, chemistry and bioengineering in easy-to-understand videos and text. Please share comments on your JoVE user experience with  Sue Raidy-Klein, Librarian for Collections & Acquisitions

The library’s trial includes access to the following collections:

Welcome from the Claire T. Carney Library Staff!

Arnie working at a library computer

Welcome or welcome back!

We hope you had a great summer!

Here are a few important things to know about the library, including how to get help when you need it.

Library Hours: The Claire T. Carney Library’s hours will be extended as the semester progresses (specifics below). Check the library calendar to see hours for a specific day.

Research Help: If you’re already thinking about your senior project, your master’s thesis, or just a research assignment that’s coming up this semester, our expert subject librarians are here to help you with your research. Librarians are available in person; via phone and text message; or online via instant message and email. You can schedule a research consultation with the librarian who’s an expert in the topic you’re researching. No project is too big, no question too small!

If you are an online student, check our Library Services for Online Learners guide for information about special services, such as free home delivery of UMassD library books or ways to connect with helpful library staff.

Library Collections: Roughly half of our collection is available physically and the other half is available electronicallyWe have a large, print book and journal collection housed on the 3rd and 5th floors of the library. The best way to find resources – print or electronic – is to search our discovery system, Primo.  Check out physical items – including DVDs and equipment – at the Circulation Desk using your UMass Pass as your library card.  Full-text electronic items are available by signing in to Primo and clicking a link. If you have any questions, please contact a librarian!  

Study Spaces: There are a variety of study spaces throughout the library for individuals and groups; whiteboards are distributed around the building for use in team projects.  To make the most of our available space, especially on the 3rd and 5th floors, we use an OPEN/TAKEN table tent system.  If you have room at your table, please set the sign with the orange part (OPEN) on top; if you are waiting for others to join you, please set the sign with the purple part (TAKEN) on top.  We encourage you to welcome others to a table that is not fully occupied – Corsairs Care!  

Computer and printing facilities are located on the first and second floors in our Learning Commons and Scholarly Commons. The South Reading Room, located near the Learning Commons on the first floor, is designated for quiet study.  If you are looking for a good place for group work, we have several group study rooms that you can reserve. Check the library orientation guide for directions on how to submit a reservation.  A map of the library is available and you can use the Find Me Here tool to share a link of where you are studying in the library so a friend or group knows where to meet you.

Tutoring: Beginning September 22, work with a tutor from the Multiliteracy Communication Center Sunday through Thursday from 6:00pm-9:00pm in Library Room 135. You can make an appointment with a tutor by using the MCC website.

Computers: If public computers are all in use, remember to check the computer classrooms (128, 225, 226) to see if they are open.  We also have laptops at the Circulation Desk that may be borrowed either overnight or for the day. Stop by our Learning Commons Desk on the 1st floor to get assistance with IT questions.

Leisure & Fun: Our Read and Return collection, located in the Library Living Room, offers a selection of books for fun reading.  Borrow a book from that collection by taking it home with you and return it for the next person to read, once you have finished it.  We host a Game Night every Thursday from 7-10PM in the Library Living Room or check out board games for the day using your UMass Pass at the Circulation Desk. To borrow library materials from our circulating collections, use your UMass Pass at the Circulation Desk.

We’re glad you’re back on campus! Let us know if there is some way we can be of help.   

Claire T. Carney Library Staff

Fall 2019

Sept. 2nd – Labor Day, CLOSED
Sept. 3rd – 7:30AM – 8:00PM

September 4th – September 28 th

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM – 11:00PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: Noon – 11:00PM

September 29th – December 1nd

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM – 1:00AM
Friday: 7:30AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: Noon – 1:00AM


October 14th – Columbus Day, Noon – 1:00AM
November 11th – Veterans’ Day, Noon – 1:00AM
November 27th – 7:30AM – 5:00PM
November 28th – Thanksgiving Day, CLOSED
November 29th – 7:30AM – 5:00PM
November 30th – 9:00AM – 5:00PM

December 25th – Christmas Day, CLOSED

Learning Commons to open at UMass Dartmouth

Opening on the first day of the new semester, the Learning Commons at the Claire T. Carney Library integrates library, technology, and academic support services for UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff.

The Learning Commons, or LC, is a cross-campus collaborative effort. It will be administered by the Division of Library Services, Information Resources and Technology with a campus-wide advisory group. They will ensure that the LC continually develops to meet the ever-changing needs of teaching, learning, and scholarship in a technology-rich environment.

The first-floor LC is a comfortable place designed for undergraduates to study, write papers, prepare presentations for class, collaborate with groups, do library research, and get help with technology. The LC offers 39 computer work stations, a scanning station, and a print center.

The welcoming, helpful staff at the LC Service Desk can assist with a wide variety of questions, from library and reference resources to technology services, such as COIN, email, and support for software applications. Students can also meet with tutors from the Writing & Reading Center in the evenings for help with writing papers. As the LC develops, additional academic support services will be available at this convenient location.

Faculty and students who are engaged in more advanced research will want to visit the Scholarly Commons on the second floor. Reference librarians there provide expert assistance and instruction in the identification, evaluation, and use of information resources. The Center for Teaching Excellence—also part of the Scholarly Commons—promotes teaching practices that enhance student learning.
The LC Training and Computer Classrooms on the lower level of the library offer two computer classrooms that are also available for campus-wide training and professional development.

The LC is open during regular library hours, with additional 24×7 access during the last three weeks of classes and exam periods. The lower-level computer classrooms will also be available for student use during peak study times.

The “learning commons” or “information commons” concept has gained momentum on campuses over the past two decades. Many colleges and universities have established them to provide technology-rich, integrated support for learning.

“The opening of the Learning Commons at UMass Dartmouth represents a major step in our ongoing mission to provide integrated library, technology, and academic support services for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Robert Green, vice chancellor for Library Services, Information Resources and Technology.

“As the university plans for the expansion and renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library, the introduction of the Learning Commons allows us to gain expertise in the provision of innovative services to meet the 21st-century learning needs of our students.”

For more information about the Learning Commons, please visit:

DRAFT for review Learning Commons Mission

DRAFT for review Learning Commons Mission

In support of UMass Dartmouth’s academic mission, the Learning Commons creates and cultivates a vibrant, welcoming and integrated learner-centered environment.

We will do so by promoting an environment and support team that

  • inspires learners and fosters learning as an activity
  • embodies and supports engagement & collaboration for individual & group work
  • champions and supports the research process from search and discovery to synthesis and presentation.
  • provides easily accessible and adaptable physical spaces and resources
  • excels at providing rich technological facilities, instruction, and support
  • maximizes individual and group productivity by integrating scholarly information support services and information literacy instruction

Learning Commons – Committee Charge

The UMass Dartmouth Learning Commons (LC) Planning Committee will develop plans for the services, technology, resources, and space for the LC on the first and second floors of the Claire T. Carney Library. The LC will be an interdisciplinary collaborative learning space that will provide seamless access to resources, technology, and people to support teaching, learning, and research. The LC will advance the University mission to be “actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research” and will help to fulfill the University’s vision of “providing a personalized academic environment where the scholarly research and creative activities of faculty and graduate students are interwoven with the undergraduate experience.” It will also advance the vision of providing “enhanced technological capabilities for the delivery of our educational and outreach programs.” As an integrated environment that fosters engagement, collaboration, and discovery, the LC will meet the changing and emerging needs of teaching, learning, and scholarship at UMass Dartmouth.

The Committee will consider the following questions:

  • What are the learning styles and preferences of today’s high school and college students and faculty?
  • What type of environment will foster learning at UMass Dartmouth, given changing learning styles and preferences?
  • What staffing, technology, and space are necessary to create this environment?
  • What LC programs would foster this environment?
  • Should the scope of the LC include faculty and staff learning?
  • Which campus units might be involved, and how might they work together?
  • Is it necessary for these campus units to be physically located in the same space to be effective together?
  • What kinds of hardware, software, and seating configurations are needed?
  • What staffing is needed in terms of qualification, and abilities?
  • What are the issues in accomplishing the ideal LC environment for UMass Dartmouth?
  • How can these issues be resolved?
  • How should we measure the LC’s success?