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Access Services

Can’t find what you’re looking for at the library?

You’re not limited to what’s available at the North Shore Community College library. Read below for options on getting what you need.

Keep in mind you can contact a librarian at any step during this process for assistance.

Interlibrary loan

NSCC students, staff, and faculty only 

You also have the option to request an item not located within HELM and ComCat. Complete the following forms, depending on whether you are requesting a book or journal article. Please allow a week.

Interlibrary loan article request

Interlibrary loan book request (Temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 closure)

Purchase request

You may also request that the NSCC Library purchase an item to add to our collection. Please complete the Purchase Request Form to request a purchase. Update May 2020: The library is only purchasing titles available electronically until further notice.


Interlibrary borrowing via HELM is currently unavailable as the NSCC Library operates remotely

Use the catalog to expand your search and check the entire HELM (Higher Ed Libraries of Massachusetts), an association of 9 Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education. Please allow 2-5 business days.

Commonwealth Catalog

The Commonwealth Catalog is currently unavailable as the NSCC Library operates remotely

Search the Commonwealth Catalog, also known as ComCat. For items not located within NSCC or HELM, the Commonwealth Catalog gives you access to millions of items from libraries that hold unique collections such as Boston Public Library and UMass Amherst and other academic, special and public libraries. To log in, use the 14 digit barcode located at the bottom of your NSCC ID. Select "North Shore Comm College-Danvers" or "North Shore Comm College-Lynn", depending on where you would like to pick up the item. Password is your birthday in the following format, MMDDYYYY. Please allow 2-5 business days.