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Moving to HELM: What is HELM

General information about moving to HELM

What is HELM?


HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) is a growing consortium of Massachusetts public higher education libraries that share an integrated library system, allow direct borrowing of materials, and collaborate on professional development opportunities. HELM was formed to develop and sustain cooperative initiatives and to enhance library resources, systems and services for all member libraries.

Fenway Library Organization (FLO) is consortium of libraries mostly located in Boston and Cambridge, MA. In addition, FLO hosts and provides support for the Commonwealth Catalog. FLO also provides support for Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM), a small association of academic libraries, who are also affiliate members of FLO.

HELM MIssion

HELM Mission/Vision

  • Keep Academic Users' needs paramount
  • Maintain the Integrated Library System (ILS) and develop a resource sharing network
  • Develop other cooperative initiatives in purchasing resources and in staff professional development.
  • Strategically expand membership as appropriate
  • Integrate assessment into future planning

Important Dates!

Access Services Reminders
March 31
- Contactless Pickup appointments available for Fall River campus Wednesdays 8:30am to 12:30pm.
July 12 - Bristol Library Learning Common locations - Fall River, New Bedford and Attleboro will be open for appointments with students.

Changes to Bristol Library Learning Commons Services

Does this impact borrowing?
You will still be able to check out materials at all Bristol Library Learning Commons as you’ve always done.  

  • All HELM member libraries will share the same online catalog and this will be available on the Bristol Library website.

  • Materials from all HELM collections can now be requested and delivered to the Bristol library campus of your choice for pickup.

  • You could also use your Bristol Library Card/Student ID at other HELM libraries.

  • A Bristol Library Card/Student ID can still be used to borrow SAILS material through ComCat (Commonwealth Catalog).

  • A library card from your local public library will also let you keep using SAILS materials!

 What library card do I use? 

  • You will use your Bristol Library Card/Student ID at all Bristol LLC and HELM Library locations.
  • Your public library card can be used at your public library and its network. 

 What about my Overdrive ebooks? 

  • You will not have access to Overdrive/Libby through your Bristol Library Card/Student ID anymore.
  • If you are an ebook user, you should begin to transition your Overdrive account to your public library card number.

Am I still able to use my Bristol Library Card/Student ID to request material from SAILS libraries and have them sent to Bristol Libraries?
Unfortunately, those who wish to request material from the SAILS consortia must use their local public library for those transactions or submit a request to borrow through Interlibrary Loan or ComCat. 

BristolCC Library Learning Common locations are no longer a pick-up location for SAILS.

Librarian Contact

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