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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 ID 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 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 Resource Center Circulation 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 from These Libraries

Anna Maria College   50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612

Assumption University  500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Clark University  950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

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

Fitchburg State University  160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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

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

Nichols College  127 Center Road, Dudley, MA 01571

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

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

Worcester Law Library  184 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Worcester Polytechnic Institute  100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

Worcester Public Library  3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

Only Faculty and Staff May Borrow from These Libraries

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Library  11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505

In-House Use of Materials Only

American Antiquarian Society  185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Worcester Art Museum  55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Worcester Historical Museum  30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Access UMass Medical School -- The Lamar Soutter Library

NOTE: The library is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have questions, please contact them directly.

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. 

Named for Dr. Lamar Soutter, the founding dean of the University 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, MA 01605.