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MassBay Moving to New Library Network

MassBay will soon be leaving the Minuteman Library Network to join the academic library consortium called the Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM). HELM is made up of seven Massachusetts public colleges and is expected to grow. In addition, MassBay has become an associate member of the Fenway Library Organization (FLO) a group of twenty-two Boston area colleges which includes schools such as Simmons College, University of Massachusetts Boston and Wentworth Institute.

So, what does this change mean? What are the benefits? And, what do you need to do?

  • MassBay students, faculty and staff will have access to more relevant academic materials through HELM and FLO.
  • Students will find it easier to search for books, course reserves and other library materials.
  • Students, faculty and staff can continue to request articles and books through interlibrary loan.
  • Existing MassBay library card numbers will work in the new catalog and will be used to access databases from home.
  • MassBay users will be able to request and receive materials through the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat), a state-wide catalog that includes Minuteman and other library networks across the state.
  • At your earliest convenience, when borrowing non-MassBay library materials from Minuteman, please use a library card from one of the public libraries. Users who do not have a public library card can apply for one online. Click here.

Important Dates

  • MassBay will stop using the Minuteman Library Network on June 1 and will begin using the HELM catalog system on June 4.
  • MassBay library cards will no longer work in the Minuteman system on May 18 and MassBay libraries will not be able to check in Minuteman items after June 30.

The Library is excited to be able to support your academic success by providing access to a wide range of the most relevant materials available in the area through the HELM consortium.


Please contact MassBay Director of Learning Services, Tim Rivard