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Helm Network Transition

The North Shore Community College Library is changing networks!

Effective June 2018, we'll be joining HELM (Higher Ed Libraries of Massachusetts) and will no longer be part of NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange)

Please Keep in Mind

  • Effective May 4, 2018, items checked out from other NOBLE Libraries will be due back to the library
  • Effective April 20, users will be unable to borrow and request items from NOBLE libraries using their NSCC account. At this time, NSCC will no longer be able to receive returns for items belonging to NOBLE libraries
  • At this time, users that are not current  NSCC students, staff, or faculty will be unable to borrow items directly from our library
  • Our access to the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) will be temporarily unavailable during this time of transition

Why are we making this change?

It is the NSCC Library's goal to provide up-to-date, relevant resources to support NSCC academic programs. We feel this change will help us better support our students, faculty and staff. We're excited about this change, which will provide an opportunity to increase resource sharing and allow us group purchasing power on electronic resources we wouldn't otherwise be able to acquire.

Because we're forming a network with six other academic libraries and FLO, we'll have similar goals and objectives compared to sharing a network with public libraries. We'll have a new shared catalog and library system better suited to the needs of academic libraries. Library staff will also have access to numerous professional development opportunities.

And this is just the beginning! The HELM network is primed for expansion.

How does this affect me?

Will I be able to get the same types of Books and DVDs from HELM that I did from NOBLE?

It depends, since this new network will consist entirely of academic libraries. If none of the HELM libraries have what you are looking for, we'll still have access to Inter-library borrowing options.

Will I be able to have access to the same types of electronic resources from HELM that I did from NOBLE?

There will be little impact. In fact, our offerings may increase in the future with this new partnership. Library staff can assist you in locating relevant electronic resources.

I'm not an NSCC student, staff, or faculty member. Can I still use your library?

We'll remain open to the public. Users without an NSCC or HELM library account will be unable to borrow directly from our library. We recommend obtaining a card from your local public library, where you can initiate a request for items you are interested in borrowing. With the exception of some collections (course reserve materials, Test Preparation items, and equipment), we will send requested items via inter-library loan. The NSCC Library is a member of the Commonwealth Catalog and the Massachusetts Library System.

Still have questions? Please send us an email at

We're excited to be joining this network as a founding member with the following institutions:

  • Holyoke Community College
  • Mass Bay Community College
  • Mass College of Liberal Arts
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Roxbury Community College

We'll now also be associate members of FLO, (Fenway Library Organization), This includes:

  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Framingham State University
  • Holyoke Community College
  • Lesley University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • New England College of Optometry
  • New England Conservatory
  • Simmons College
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology