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Summer Semester Library Service Updates

The UMass Lowell Library will continue limited campus services for the Summer semester. You can check out and return books to campus through the semester. While O'Leary Library (South Campus) remains closed, pickups and returns of Interlibrary Loan and UMass Lowell materials will be available Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Lydon only (North Campus). Enter Lydon on the south side of the building. This is the side with Starbucks and with the stairs that lead to the tunnel. This is where the book shelf for pick-ups and return bin will be located. Details on this process are on the library coronavirus response page.

Research and library support is available though Ask a Librarian. Search our FAQ for help or submit your questions via the ask us option on the UMass Lowell Library FAQ and Contact Information website.

Access to The Center For Lowell History is by appointment only. Visit the CLH webpage for contact information.

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Book Request and Pick-up

Need to know how to request a library book? Our Brainshark video shows you how to request books to borrow with no-contact pick-up.

Before requesting and borrowing a book for the first time, please make sure you register with the library if you have not already done so.

You'll be notified when your books are ready for pick-up.

Learn More about the Book Pick-up

Star symbol for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. In 1998, legislation titled, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998, was passed, creating the Network to Freedom program. It's mission, through collaboration with local, state and federal entities, as well as individuals and organizations, is to honor, preserve and promote the history of resistance to enslavement through escape and flight, which continues to inspire people worldwide. Through its mission, the Network to Freedom helps to advance the idea that all human beings embrace the right to self-determination and freedom from oppression.

The Center for Lowell History

Just when COVID19 put us in lockdown a year ago, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom recognized the Center for Lowell History (CLH) as an Underground Railroad Research Facility, a place where you can learn more about the Underground Railroad through documents, newspapers, diaries, census records, city directories, genealogy files, and more.

We have also anthologized 32 Untold (and amazing) Stories of Lowell's Black History written by retired Librarian Martha Mayo in honor of Black History Month. See Library Research Guide Explores Lowell’s Anti-Slavery, Abolitionist History.

Check Out the Untold Lowell Stories: Black History

These stories can also be found on the Libraries' Resources on Racism in the United States webpage.