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Current teaching faculty, employed staff and students actively enrolled in a Tufts University degree program can borrow circulating materials from Tisch Library. Other groups who may be eligible to borrow materials from Tisch include:

Individuals from outside the Tufts community can purchase borrowing privileges at Tisch Library through the Tisch Affiliate program.

Please contact the Tisch Library circulation staff at 617-627-3347 for additional information.

Expired Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges for faculty who complete their teaching contracts, staff who resign from University employment, and students who withdraw from the University are discontinued. Tisch Library requires return of all library materials before departure, regardless of the due date provided at checkout or renewal.

BLC cardholder privileges do not extend beyond the expiration date provided by the cardholder’s home library. Borrowing privileges for AS&E faculty emeriti, retirees and AS&E alumni are issued for one year and may be renewed at, or before, the expiration date.

BLC Cardholders

As an active member of the Boston Library Consortium, Tisch Library provides borrowing privileges for circulating books, government documents and software to holders of current, valid BLC borrower cards issued at BLC member libraries. BLC borrowers have in library use of the library media collection. Borrowing privileges, fines and replacement fees for BLC users are determined by the individual member libraries. BLC cardholders must register their cards at the circulation desk. Additional information regarding BLC cardholder borrowing privileges is available at the circulation desk.

AS&E Faculty Emeriti

Tisch Library extends emeriti borrowing privileges to AS&E faculty emeriti following receipt of emeriti status updates from the office of the University Provost. AS&E faculty emeriti privileges are issued for one year. Tisch Library requests that faculty emeriti notify the library for changes of address in order to keep library accounts accurate. The library requests that faculty emeriti renew their privileges in person at the circulation desk. AS&E faculty emeriti can contact the manager of Access Services at Tisch Library for additional information.

AS&E Alumni

Graduates of the schools of Arts, Sciences and Engineering can apply for Tisch Library alumni borrowing privileges. Application forms are available at the Tisch Library circulation desk. Tisch Library alumni borrowing privileges are provided for one year following verification of alumni status through the AS&E Alumni Office. Additional supporting personal identification is required at the time of application.

Tisch Library alumni users can borrow circulating books, software and government documents from the Tisch Library and the Music Library collections. Alumni borrowers have in library use of the media collections at the Tisch and Music libraries. Alumni do NOT have interlibrary loan privileges.

The Tufts University Libraries Friends and Alumni Portal provides AS&E Alumni remote access a selection of databases.  To use these resources, Alumni must register first with the Tufts Alumni Online Community.

Tufts Retirees

Tisch Library borrowing privileges are extended to Tufts University retirees following verification of eligibility from the University Department of Human Resources. Retirees can contact the manager of Access Services at Tisch Library for additional information.

Visiting Faculty, Scholars and Researchers

Tisch Library supports the research needs of faculty, scholars and researchers who visit Tufts University Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering by providing Tisch Library borrowing privileges during the period of the visitor’s affiliation with the University. Visiting faculty, scholar and researcher Tisch Library privileges are provided through University department and program sponsorship. To gain privileges, bring a sponsorship form, filled out by a program administrator or department chair, to the Tisch library circulation desk. Program administrators and department chairpersons can contact the circulation desk at 617-627-3347 for additional information.

Tisch Affiliates

Tisch Library provides the opportunity for individuals outside the Tufts community to purchase borrowing privileges at Tisch Library through the Tisch Affiliates program. The Tisch Affiliate program provides a six-month membership for $150.00 or a one-year membership for $200.00. Tisch Affiliate membership provides borrowing privileges for the circulating book, software, government document and score collections of both the Tisch and Music libraries; use of the microform and periodical collections; in-library access to electronic databases and e-journals not restricted by vendor licensing; and in library use of the Tisch and Music Library video and audio collections.

Active members enrolled in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Individuals enrolled in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute can apply for Tisch Library Special Borrower privileges at the Tisch Circulation desk.  Tisch Library special borrower privileges are available to Osher members for the period of their active enrollment in the program.  Osher participants must provide their active membership card, issued by the Osher program, in support of their application. 

Participants in programs identified by the Conference Bureau

Participants in programs identified by the Conference Bureau can apply for Tisch Library borrowing privileges at the Tisch Circulation desk.   A current Tufts University Conference Bureau ID that includes the program name, participant name and program expiration date must be presented to apply for borrowing privileges.   Tisch Library Conference Bureau borrowing privileges expire at the conclusion of the identified program. 

OCLC Reciprocal Borrowers

Tufts University Tisch Library is a member of the OCLC Reciprocal Borrower program.  Individuals from program member institutions can apply for Tisch Library Special Borrower privileges at the Circulation desk.  The applicant must present a current OCLC Reciprocal Borrower card issued by their home institution and personal identification when applying for privileges at Tisch Library.  

Medford and Somerville Public School Teachers

In order to receive borrowing privileges, Medford and Somerville public school teachers need a letter from their school principle on school letterhead. Please bring the letter to the Tisch Library circulation desk. You will receive borrowing privileges for the year September 1 August 31, after which time you can renew with an updated letter. For questions, please call 617-627-3346.

Please contact the Tisch Library circulation staff at 617-627-3347 for additional information.



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