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Boyden Library offers instruction sessions for class assignments and research projects that help students develop research skills in order to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information. With an emphasis on information literacy and bibliographic instruction, we work closely with teachers in order to tailor lessons so that they reflect the curriculum, support class objectives, and empower students for academic success.

Information Literacy

The library’s information literacy program provides students with the tools to perform research effectively and responsibly. It encourages students to think critically about the information they engage with and prepares them for academic research. The information literacy program includes lessons and activities on intellectual property, plagiarism, vetting sources, and the research process, just to name a few. Working closely with teachers, lessons are tailored according to the curriculum and desired learning outcomes.

Textbook Orders

The Boyden Library orders textbook materials for classes. Textbook ordering takes place throughout the school year. Faculty are notified of major deadlines.

Academic Reserves

Academic reserves are a great way to ensure the most relevant print materials are always available to students. In conjunction with library instruction, the library can place course materials on reserve for research projects and assignments. Academic reserves can be specified by a teacher and include personal copies, curated by a librarian, or even curated by students. While materials are on reserve, they are for library use only and cannot be checked out.

Current academic reserves are displayed within the library catalog.

Request a Space

Please contact the library directly to request a space, as we are operating under a special schedule during the 2020-21 school year.  

In the 2021-22 school year, requests will be integrated into the 25Live request system.

Suggest a Purchase

Is there a particular book that you believe the library should acquire? Whether for teaching, student research, or recreational reading, help build the library collection by suggesting a purchase.

Interlibrary Loan

Students, faculty, and staff may borrow materials from other libraries using the appropriate form above.  Some items are received electronically in a day or two, others take longer. Recently published, reference, and special collections materials are generally not available through this service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most materials may be renewed for an additional loan period in one of several ways:

Reserves, many interlibrary loans, and items with holds may not be renewed.

Students and others will be charged the cost of replacement for any item not returned after a bill has been issued and for damaged materials.

Reference, rare book collection, some interlibrary loan titles, and the most current issue of a periodical do not circulate and may be used only in the library.

Any library patron may place a hold on a currently-checked-out item. Information Desk staff are happy to place holds or users may place their own holds online (search the Library catalog for the title of interest, if it’s Not Available click the Place Hold button and follow the prompts). Users will receive an email notification once the item is ready for pick-up.

Contact Boyden Library
Information Desk: 413-774-1510

Boyden Library Hours

PO Box 277
Deerfield, MA 01342