Borrow and Renew

With a current validated NEC or Fenway Library Consortium ID, most books and scores may be checked out for four (4) weeks. One renewal is allowed for these materials. Some items are considered to be research materials and circulate for one (1) week, and only to NEC Faculty, and Graduate & Doctoral students.Chamber music ensembles that are coached by a faculty member may check out music for the entire semester by filling out a Chamber Music form. These are available at the Circulation Desk. Reference books, periodicals, microforms, and items labeled "Stacks - Does Not Circulate," Archives," or "Vault" do not circulate.

Audio/video materials that are not on reserve may be borrowed for one week by all current NEC students, faculty, permanent staff, doctoral students, and Northeastern faculty.

Overdue Materials

Borrowers are expected to show consideration for their colleagues by returning items on time. If an item is long overdue, it is assumed to be lost and a bill will be sent for the replacement cost, processing fee, and overdue fines.

Hold Requests

To place a hold on items in circulation, patrons use "My Account" in the online catalog. When an item is returned it will be held for ten days and the requester will be notified. Hold Requests will not be accepted for items on class reserve.

Class Reserve

Materials placed on Class Reserve by faculty are held at the Circulation Desk unless otherwise indicated. All items are listed in the Reserve Notebook by faculty member's name and course number. The Reserve Notebook is held at the Circulation Desk. Reserve items may also be searched in our online catalog by faculty member's name or course number. Select "Course Reserve."  Many of the recordings on Reserve are streamed through the library’s Variations server and are available for listening at computer terminals in the library.

Alumni Library Privileges

Degree-holding alumni may take advantage of borrowing privileges for print materials by visiting the library’s circulation desk. Please see Alumni pages for more information. Alumni are welcome to use audio/video materials within the library by leaving a valid photo ID at the circulation desk. 

Guest Privileges

Members of the outside community may use print and audio/video materials within the library by leaving a valid photo ID at the circulation desk.