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Materials

LITS has all kinds of materials for you to discover and use! You can start all of your searching in the search box above. Learning how to do research is a process, and searching the library can be hard. We are here to make your research easier in any way we can. Please contact the Research Help Desk for support.

Don’t know where to start with your research? We have library research guides in various subject areas to help you get started.

In addition to the main search above (Discover), which searches across disciplines, we have lots of subject-specific databases where you will also find materials. Check out Databases A–Z to find the one that best suits your needs. If you are researching a specific topic, it might be more efficient for you to go straight to the research guide for your subject and use a core resource to identify materials.

See the following for further detail:

  • Books, videos, articles, more: Here are some tips to help you find books, videos, articles and other library materials.
  • Archives and Special Collections: Explore Mount Holyoke history in letters, photographs, scrapbooks and artifacts!
  • Language Resource Center: Practice your language with software in the computer lab or watch a foreign film. Borrow language class materials and create multimedia projects.
  • Digital collections: Explore our digital collections, including digitized Archives and Special Collections materials and photographs, online exhibits and Mount Holyoke College faculty and student scholarship.
  • Course reserves: Required readings are automatically placed on reserve for the semester and available for limited checkout at the Circulation Desk.
  • Requesting & interlibrary loan: Do you need a book, a journal article or something that none of the Five College libraries owns? Don’t have time to go to the stacks? Request what you need, and LITS will try to get it for you!
  • Borrowing & renewing: All Mount Holyoke community members have library borrowing privileges.

Gadgets-to-Go provides up-to-the-minute availability for laptops, iPads, phone chargers, and other convenience items that can be checked out first-come first-served at the Circulation Desk. Other equipment, such as digital cameras, light kits, projectors, hard drives and speakers must be reserved in advance. See laptops, cameras, cables for a full list of all circulating equipment and to make reservations.