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NECC Library Mission & Vision Statements

Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision


An essential core of the college community, the NECC library provides opportunities for meaningful collaboration and innovation across the curriculum. We inspire curiosity, encourage inquiry, foster growth, champion education, and promote scholarship.


The NECC library strives to embrace the academic experience by meeting students at their point of need, facilitating continued learning, maximizing personal connections to foster a sense of belonging, creating a welcoming and accessible environment, and extending beyond the walls to collaborate across the college for student success.

Library Policies

Please Review the Library Policies Below

Acceptable Use

Acceptable Use

The NECC Libraries maintain an open door policy and both campus libraries are accessible to the entire community. Students, faculty and staff engaged in research or other course-related activity will be given first priority for computer access. All patrons are expected to use the resources of the Libraries in a responsible manner.

  • Phones: Phone calls or video chat in the libraries is not permitted. Cell phone ringers and notifications should be set to silent or vibrate upon entering the Libraries. When placing or receiving a call, please exit the library. There are no public phones in either library; students or community members who need to place a call will be directed to campus Public Safety.
  • Music/Video: Headphones are required when listening to music or watching videos.
  • Disruptive Behavior: Disruptive or inappropriate behavior of any kind, including, but not limited to: loud talking, swearing, or overt displays of affection, is not permitted.
  • Animals: Animals are not allowed in the Libraries. Exceptions are only made in accordance with the college’s Service Animals Assisting Individuals With Disabilities policy.
  • Personal Possessions: The Libraries are not responsible for any personal property. Please do not leave personal possessions such as laptops, phones, textbooks, etc. unattended. Any items left in the library will be turned over to Public Safety.
  • Computer Labs: Computer labs in the Libraries are for the exclusive use of students, faculty, and staff of the college. Exceptions may be granted on a limited basis for library users to perform work that is NECC-related or authorized. There are a minimal number of computer stations at the Bentley Library in Haverhill for public use that does not violate NECC’s Computer and Network Usage Policy.

Library policies are in accordance with the NECC Computer and Network Usage Policy.

Students who do not comply with the Acceptable Use Policy or Student Code of Conduct may be referred to the college’s Code of Conduct Administrator, or campus Public Safety and/or local police for behavior constituting an acute threat. Non-NECC persons will be referred to campus Public Safety or local police.

Updated: 01/12/2018

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Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Materials

If You Are an NECC Student Currently Enrolled in for‐Credit Classes, or NECC Faculty/Staff, You Have
  • Full borrowing privileges at NECC and all HELM partner libraries;
  • Borrowing privileges at the University of Massachusetts, and all Massachusetts public universities and community colleges with your NECC photo ID;
  • Interlibrary loan privileges for HELM and ComCat – the Massachusetts statewide catalog;
  • Off‐campus access to NECC library databases (with your NECC library number);
  • The ability to request and renew library items online.
If You Are an NECC Student Currently Enrolled in Non‐Credit Courses You Have
  • Borrowing privileges at NECC
Borrowing Periods
  • 4 weeks
  • May be renewed once for 4 weeks, as long as there are no active requests for the item
  • No limit on the number that can be taken out at a time
  • 2 weeks
  • Only 3 DVDs may be out on an account at any time
Audiobooks and Other Resources
  • 2 weeks
Fees and Fines

NECC does not charge fines for overdue books owned by NECC.

Books that are long overdue will cause a hold to be placed on your Banner account, which will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining grades, or requesting a transcript. Any items on your account must be returned and all outstanding fines paid before your hold will be removed.

Updated 6/16/2020

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Collection Development

Collection Development

Collection Development Statement

The NECC Libraries support the teaching and research needs of Northern Essex students and faculty by developing, maintaining, and creating accessible collections with evolving services for both on-campus and online students. The Libraries adhere to copyright policies and best practices, and purchase materials as appropriate. This collection development policy was written to establish guidelines in the selection, retention, and maintenance of library materials.

Selection Statement

The primary mission of the Libraries is provide resources to support the curriculum and research needs of NECC’s students and faculty, with a secondary goal to collect materials that reflect the general interests of the entire College community.

In addition to a resource’s relevance to the curriculum and collection, factors for selection and retention include, but are not limited to: format, currency, cost, and collection balance representing a range of social, educational and intellectual viewpoints.

The Libraries also serve as an archive and depository of College documents such as All College Assembly minutes, Board of Trustees minutes, accreditation reports, and College historical collections.

Responsibility for Selection

The selection of library materials is a joint responsibility of the librarians and library staff, with extensive input from faculty. Ultimate responsibility for the selection of library materials resides with the Director of Library Services.

Suggestions for acquisitions from faculty, staff, and students are welcomed, but are subject to the same selection criteria as all other library materials.

Acquisitions Priorities

Librarians perform regular assessments of print and digital resources to maintain collection currency and relevance (with specific attention to collection requirements for academic program accreditation). Selection of new materials and continuation of print or digital subscriptions are made on the basis of affordability, faculty and curriculum needs, reviews, and availability of resources through the library’s consortia.

The library does not purchase textbooks used in the College’s courses, however, general works used in the curriculum (such as works of literature) are regularly acquired due to their broad application across disciplines.

Withdrawal of Materials

Librarians regularly review materials for withdrawal or discontinuation to maintain a robust and useful collection that reflects the current needs of the College. Materials may be withdrawn and/or discontinued for one or more of the following reasons: physical condition, currency, lack of circulation, budgetary constraints, and availability in other formats or through the Libraries’ consortia. Consultation with teaching faculty may be undertaken prior to withdrawal, particularly when deaccessioning multiple volumes or discontinuing standing subscriptions to print or digital resources.


The Library accepts donations of books and other library materials which may be added to the collection after review by librarians or library staff for relevance, condition, etc. All donations are subject to disposal at the discretion of the Director of Libraries if they do not meet selection criteria. Written acknowledgement of the receipt of materials will be provided to the donor upon request.

Updated: 1/2/2018

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Policy on Confidentiality of Records

In accordance with the recommendation of the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, all registration and circulation records at the NECC Libraries are confidential.

Library registration includes information required of patrons in order for them to borrow materials. Circulation records include any information that identifies the patron as borrowing particular materials.

Authorized library staff may use the above-mentioned records in order to perform routine duties. The library staff will not release any of the information contained in the registration or circulation records except by formal state or federal judicial order.

For inquiries please contact Mike Hearn, Director of Library Services 978-556-3423.

Last updated 3/22/2018

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Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright and Intellectual Property

The College’s Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy provides guidance regarding the use and creation of intellectual property at Northern Essex Community College. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and anyone using the facilities or resources of Northern Essex Community College to read, understand and follow this policy. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of this policy should seek clarification from the Chief Academic Officer.

Updated 3/22/2018

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Course Reserves

Course Reserves


Course reserves are an academic library’s collection of materials placed on reserve by instructors in order to make required course reading available to a large number of students, and to ensure that students have equal access to required readings. All materials placed on course reserve are solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students at NECC.

Circulation of Course Reserves

Reserve materials circulate for short periods: two hours, six hours, 24 hours, two days, or seven days. The loan period is determined by the instructor.

Course Reserves Items

Course reserves may include books, journal articles, U.S. government documents, syllabi, lecture notes, exam samples, paper samples, videotapes, audio tapes, CDs, or other items not previously considered as part of the Libraries’ collection. Items may be from the NECC collection or from an instructor’s personal collection. Instructors may place on reserve up to five copies of an item.

Fair Use/Copyright

The NECC Libraries acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use.

Course Reserves Catalog Access

The online Course Reserves catalog can be accessed from the NECC Course Reserves page Materials can be located by Instructor, Course, or Department.

Submitting and Removing Course Reserves

Instructors may submit course reserve material for the semester in which a course is offered. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Faculty may remove items from course reserve at any time. If instructors do not request the removal of materials by the end of the semester, the items will remain on reserve.

To place an item on reserve bring it to either campus library or contact:

Haverhill: Helen Mansur (978-556-3425)

Lawrence: Jenny Fielding (978-738-7400)

Last Updated: 3/22/2018

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Group and Silent Study Rooms

Group and Silent Study Rooms

Group Study: The Group Study rooms (A208 & A210 in Haverhill; LA011 in Lawrence) are exclusively for collaborative academic work conducted by NECC students. Usage is limited to groups of two or more persons; single users may be asked to relocate.

Silent Study: The Silent Study rooms (A206 in Haverhill & LA010 in Lawrence) are exclusively for solo silent academic work conducted by NECC students; groups and/or audible users may be asked to relocate.

While use of all study rooms is subject to the discretion of the Library Staff, these general guidelines apply:

  • The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A maximum of two hours per person/group, per day is allowed. Additional time may be permitted at the discretion of the Library Staff.
  • Users of the rooms must behave appropriately, help keep the rooms neat, and follow all library policies.
  • Do not leave personal belongings unattended in the Libraries or elsewhere on campus.

For inquiries please call 978-556-3400 for Haverhill or 978-738-7400 for Lawrence.

Updated 3/22/2018

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service where a library requests or supplies materials from one library to another partner library. Its purpose is to expand the resources available to NECC students, faculty, and staff by partnering with the HELM Network and the Statewide Commonwealth catalog (COMCAT).

Lending & Borrowing Services
  • Interlibrary Loan services are available only for current NECC students, faculty, and staff. Public patrons and alumni are encouraged to use their local public library for Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • The NECC Libraries do not provide Interlibrary Loan services to support coursework for courses taken at other institutions. NECC students, faculty, and staff working on degrees at other institutions are encouraged to utilize the resources of the institution at which they are enrolled.
  • Items available through the HELM network should be requested through the patron’s NECC Library Account.
  • Items not available through HELM may be requested through the Statewide Commonwealth catalog (COMCAT). There is a limit of ten (10) active requests through COMCAT. Materials may be checked out for 28 days. Renewals are not allowed. Items should be returned to the library where they were checked out.
  • NECC students, faculty, and staff may use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to request journal articles from the Boston Public Library when the articles are not available in NECC databases or collections. Articles are usually provided digitally in PDF format.
Additional Policies
  • The NECC Libraries will hold all ILL materials for seven (7) days upon receipt from the lending library. If the item is not picked up in that time, it will be returned to the lending library.
  • NECC students, faculty, and staff are responsible for all costs associated with lost or damaged materials. The lending library determines the charges for items, and the charges will vary depending on the item.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who abuse the ILL service by failing to return materials or by keeping materials long past the due date may be denied further requests.

Last updated: 6/16/2020

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Laptop Lending Program

Laptop Lending Program

Laptop Lending Program
  • Please check back here for updates about borrowing a laptop during the coronavirus emergency. There are currently none to be loaned, but information will be updated here if they become available.

Revised 3/23/2020

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Library & Information Literacy Instruction

Library & Information Literacy Instruction

Information Literacy is designated as one of NECC’s six Core Academic Skills, which grew out of the college’s 2009 Vision Statement to reflect those skills which faculty and staff determined are essential to ensure students’ adequate preparation for further academic pursuits and careers.

Students seeking an Associate’s Degree in any field at NECC must complete at least one course that has been designated as “intensive” in each of the six Core Academic Skills, including Information Literacy.

IL Intensive courses are designed to actively develop information literacy skills in students to better prepare them for the information landscape in which they live and work. In an IL Intensive course, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research process as it applies to the coursework for the class, as well as to the broader field
  • Actively engage in evaluating information sources for authority, bias, purpose, and relevance
  • Utilize various types and formats of information resources to achieve specific research goals, and demonstrate an understanding of the applicability of different types of information to serve different purposes
  • Access the library (physically and/or virtually) to find sources using the library’s print and/or electronic collections
  • Use information ethically and legally, and demonstrate the ability to properly credit and incorporate information sources into your work

Information Literacy Intensive classes must:

  • Participate in at least one librarian-taught session where students will be introduced to the College’s specific research resources;
  • Broadly address information creation, use, and dissemination;
  • Have at least one other “library checkpoint” during the term.

The library has created a guide specifically for Information Literacy Intensive designated courses to help faculty incorporate this CAS into their curriculum.


Information Literacy & Research Instruction

Librarian-led Information Literacy instruction is required for any course designated as “Information Literacy Intensive” to fulfill an NECC Core Academic Skills requirement, but is also available for any course regardless of CAS designation.

Sessions may be scheduled at any time the library is open, including evenings. Classes are taught by a Librarian, but we require that the class instructor must also be present.

We ask for at least one week of advance notice when scheduling instruction in order to allow adequate preparation time. It is also helpful for the librarian to have a copy of the assignment and/or syllabus as this will help us tailor the session to your students’ specific needs.

In addition to familiarizing students with the basics of using library resources, some topics we can cover include:

  • The Architecture of Information – Understanding where different types of information in the discipline “live,” where we search for it, how it is produced, and how we understand data about data (catalog and database records, using subject terms for search, etc.)
  • Source Evaluation – Understanding the difference between types of sources and evaluating them for purpose, use, audience, and relevance. Exploring the ideas of authority and credibility, and why those might change based on the intended use of the information.
  • Advanced Web – Understanding domain names, the open nature of the web, how search engines rank information, the impact of social media, and how to evaluate a web source for reliability, accuracy and bias.
  • Citation – Not just how to cite, but why we cite, and how citation creates connections and context around information.
  • Ethics of Information – Understanding plagiarism, how to responsibly use and share information, “fake news,” copyright, digital rights, and open access.
  • NoodleTools – NoodleTools is a bibliography-generator (supporting APA, MLA, and Chicago styles) that helps students to properly cite their sources. Students will set up their NoodleTools accounts and learn how to add different types of sources to their bibliography.

Sessions are most effective when students have begun a research project, and are best taught in a lab setting where each student has access to a computer. The library on each campus has a computer classroom specifically for this purpose.

To schedule a class in Haverhill library please call 978-556-3401 or email Laura Mondt at To schedule a class in Lawrence call 978-738-7400 or email Jenny Fielding at

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