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General information about moving to HELM

Moving to HELM

Effective June 1, 2020, Bristol Library Learning Commons is migrating from the
SAILS network to HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) & FLO (Fenway Library Organization).


The decision to leave SAILS and join HELM is based on the need and a shared vision for relevant academic resources.  This change will enable our students to access material that is aligned with their program of study.  We feel this will enhance our resources and your library experience.

How does this effect me?
• We have been working so that the transition is seamless.  Once we transition you will need your 900 number to access our resources and your library account.  More info will be posted as we move closer to June 1.


• We will have to stop borrowing items directly from SAILS on May 1st - (COVID-19 has effectively stopped any material lending).

• HELM is a different consortia then SAILS, and material from SAILS libraries should be returned to a SAILS library in order to be marked "returned" in a timely manner.  We are no longer part of the SAILS network after June 1.

• The Bristol Community College community will still be able to borrow from external libraries. We are now part of an extensive academic network, and we are still able to borrow from ComCat as well as being a member of the Massachusetts Library System.  Of course, you can always use your local public library if you prefer the SAILS network.  


HELM founding members are Holyoke Community College, MCLA, MassBay Community College, Middlesex Community College, North Shore Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and Roxbury Community College. HELM libraries are affiliate members of the Fenway Library Organization.