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Other Libraries: Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC)

Finding books and other materials at other libraries.

Your ARC Card

Every faculty, staff and student must have a current, valid Worcester State University I.D. as well as the ARC card to borrow from the participating libraries.  ARC cards are available at the WSU Library's Circulation Desk.

 Students must obtain  a new ARC card each semester.  Faculty and staff must  obtain a new ARC card each academic year. 

Cross borrowing from other institutions is a privilege and the cooperating ARC  libraries have established procedures to ensure fairness and to encourage patron responsibility.

You will be expected to follow the rules of the “lending” library when borrowing library materials from another institution.  These rules may be different from those of Worcester State University.  If you are unsure of any borrowing policies, please verify them with the lending library.

Abuse of these borrowing privileges will result in the revocation of the ARC card and possible further action by the WSU Library. 

The ARC Card

You will need your ARC card to borrow from other ARC libraries.  Pick one up from the Library Circulation Desk, 2nd floor, Learning Resources Center.


The ARC Collaborative

The ARC is the Academic and Research Collaborative of the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System.  It is a coalition of academic, public and special research libraries working together to share resources and services for the benefit of their collective users.

Cross Borrowing Cards for Faculty, Staff and Students

As a Worcester State University student, faculty member, staff member or administrator, you are allowed to borrow from member libraries.  Individually issued ARC cards permit direct loans from member libraries.  These cards are available at the Learning Resources Center Information Desk.

To borrow books from other ARC institutions you must produce both your WSU One Card and your ARC card.

Faculty, Staff, and Students May Borrow fromThese Libraries

See the Google Maps insert below to find directions to each library.

 Anna Maria College   50 Sunset Ln, Paxton, MA 01612

Assumption College  500 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609

 Becker College  61 Sever St, Worcester, MA 01609  and   13 Washburn Square, Leicester, Mass. 01524

 Clark University  950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610

 College of the Holy Cross  1 College St, Worcester, MA 01610

 Fitchburg State University  160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)  19 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608

 Mt. Wachusett Community College  444 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440

 Nichols College  124 Center Rd, Dudley, MA 01571

 Quinsigamond Community College  670 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606

 Salter College  184 W Boylston St, West Boylston, MA 01583 and  645 Shawinigan Drive Chicopee, MA 01020

 Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine    200 Westboro  Road, North Grafton, MA 01536

 Worcester Law Library  184 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608

 Worcester Polytechnic Institute  100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609

Only Faculty and Staff May Borrow from These Libraries 

Worcester County Horticultural Society  11 French Drive,  Boylston, MA 01505

 Worcester Art Museum  55 Salisbury Street,  Worcester, MA 01609

 Worcester Historical Society  30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609


Use the Map Below to Locate Driving Directions to an ARC Library

The Lamar Soutter Library

Named for Dr. Lamar Soutter, the founding dean of the Univesity of Massachusetts Medical School, the Lamar Soutter Library is the only publicly supported academic medical library in the state. Established in 1970, the library has grown from a box-filled room to its present three-level facility. The library serves the medical information needs of the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is open to the public.  It is located on the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus 55 Lake Avenue North,   Worcester, Massachusetts 01605. (For driving instructions, use the Google Maps insert below.)

Public patrons (such as WSU students) are eligible for a free library barcode that will allow two books from either the Pediatric Library collection or the Consumer Health collection to be borrowed at one time.