Kathryn GeoffrionScannell photograph

A big part of our work here at McQuade is growing and grooming our collections to meet your needs. Our whole staff is involved in selecting, acquiring, cataloging, and providing you the books, journals, media, articles, data, and other resources you need for your work.

We’re just as interested in celebrating that work! Our Tolle Lege collection is closing in on 600 items, and we’re extremely excited to announce the genesis of Merrimack ScholarWorks, our institutional repository.

Read on for more details—and let us know what you think!

~ Kathryn GeoffrionScannell


What is Merrimack ScholarWorks?

Merrimack ScholarWorks Launched in February 2013, Merrimack ScholarWorks provides open access to the intellectual, creative, and academic work of the Merrimack College community, including, faculty scholarship, student research, conference and other materials. Its purpose is to make the college’s intellectual output accessible to a global audience, offering a powerful parallel distribution channel that complements print publishing. Anyone may access full items free of charge. By sharing content globally through the Internet, the McQuade Library supports open scholarly communications, collaborative research, and lasting visibility and recognition for scholarship at Merrimack.

Why Submit?

What's an Institutional Repository?

Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a College's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. Raym Crow's "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper" defines IRs and discusses their merits within an academic institution. As IRs grow in popularity, many publishers have adopted standards to allow for deposit. Sherpa/Romeo includes an extensive listing of copyright restrictions and can be searched by journal title or publisher name.

Author Rights and Usage

Copies of open access items can generally be reproduced, displayed or performed, and given to third parties in any format or medium for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge, provided the work is properly attributed with the authors, the title, and full bibliographic details, a hyperlink or URL given to the original work, and the content is used for non–commercial purposes and is not changed in any way. However, as not all materials contained in Merrimack ScholarWorks are open access, it is the responsibility of the individual user to ensure that author and publisher rights are not violated.

Make Googling Yourself Much More Satisfying!

Make sure your work is in Merrimack ScholarWorks! If you have any questions regarding ScholarsWorks and especially if you are interested in submitting your work, please visit for more information or contact Donna Maturi at


10th Annual Tolle Lege Reception

When former director Barbara Lachance thought of starting a special collection of Merrimack–authored publications here at McQuade ten years ago, she couldn’t have imagined what would come of it. This annual celebration is a very special event, where we take the time to come together and recognize the achievements of our community.

Tolle Lege Celebrated Authors

With almost 600 works by more than 150 authors, the Tolle Lege Collection grows every year both physically and virtually. Invited speakers Dr. Susan Marine of Education, Dr. Dave MacLaren of Biology, Librarian Donna Maturi, Dr. Angela Senander of Religious and Theological Studies, and Dr. Jane Parent of Management spoke about the work they submitted and what they’re working on now. Fr. Jim Wenzel and Vice Provost Dr. Cindy McGowan also spoke on the history of the collection.

Don’t miss next year’s reception: February 4, 2014.

Courtney Gray co-authors Journal Article

Courtney Gray Courtney Gray a senior sociology major and McQuade Library student assistant was a primary author on an article that appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community–Based Research. With junior Michele Beausoleil, Courtney based the article on work they completed in their Spring 2012 Sociology of the Family course with Dr. McQueeney. The title of the article is “Using Community–Based Research to Study Bullying at a Local Non–Profit Organization”.

Congratulations, Courtney!

Profile in Collaboration: Center for Academic Enrichment has a LibGuide!

McQuade Librarians are constantly creating and updating engaging subject, course, and assignment–specific online research guides through a software program called LibGuides. Recently librarians partnered with the Center for Academic Enrichment to use the LibGuides platform to promote Academic Enrichment services and resources. First Year Academic Counselor Sara Quagliaroli and the Center for Academic Enrichment’s Graduate Fellow Ryan Kurtz designed a comprehensive Academic Enrichment online guide that offers resources on note taking, critical reading, test preparation, retaining information, and overcoming test anxiety:

Ryan also developed an “Off Campus Resources” tab, which includes information about filing taxes, the RMV, as well as movie times and menus for off–campus restaurants.

Both Sara and Ryan learned it is easy to embed multimedia content within these guides. Earlier this year, Ryan created a series of podcasts on a variety of study skills topics. He was able to link these audio broadcasts within the online guide. Sara notes:

“The LibGuides platform is very intuitive, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to enter and maneuver text, videos, pictures, and links.”

LibGuides logo

LibGuides is used by McQuade Library and various departments across campus to provide quality resources for the Merrimack campus community. We invite you to contact us to learn more about how we can partner with you to create a LibGuide for your research or educational needs.


All Library Services Available

Visit our HOURS web page for up to date hours information including college holidays and breaks.

Weekday Time
Monday – Thursday 7:30a.m. – 12:00a.m. midnight
Friday 7:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday 10:00a.m. – 12:00a.m. midnight

Extended Evening Hours, MackCard ID Required, Limited Services

Weekday Time
Sunday – Thursday 12:00a.m. midnight – 7:30a.m.
Friday 5:00p.m. – 12:00a.m. midnight
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Media Center Regular Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed


Call the Campus Weather Emergency number 978-837-5700 in the event of extreme weather.

If the recording states "Merrimack College is closed" all classes are cancelled, and offices throughout the campus are closed, including the library.


Reading for Fun

McQuade Library strives to provide the books and resources needed for academic study, but also recognizes that students, faculty, and staff like to read for enjoyment. The library offers a collection of over 200 bestsellers, books in the news, and new releases.

The collection is housed on the 1st floor around the fireplace and older titles are regularly replaced with newer ones, so the collection is always being updated to provide the latest, most popular titles.

The Reading for Fun online guide allows patrons to quickly browse all available titles, place holds, view new arrivals, and see which titles are most popular with in the Merrimack community. Feel free to use the suggestion form to recommend that an item be added to the collection.

Attention All Faculty!

Choice Reviews Online Logo

We know you all love looking through the Choice Review cards, but we also want for you to know that they are now available online and you have access to the reviews via the web.

If you go to McQuade’s Databases A–Z list or directly to Choice Reviews Online you can set up an account to find reviews of books in your subject area. We will continue to get paper Choice cards this year, but may opt out in the future. If you see a review for a book you think would be perfect for McQuade, please contact your liaison librarian.

New Online Reference Works

Reference works give researchers a jumpstart into their topic with background information and lists of key references. McQuade has expanded our online collection with these works:

In Gale Virtual Reference Library:

Gale Virtual Reference Library


In Oxford Reference:

Oxford Reference


Plus a familiar friend in a new format including Excel tables:

Statistical Abstracts of the United States, 2013


Also available in print:

New Print Reference Books


JSTOR’s collections continue to grow with Arts & Science XI and Jewish Studies.

New titles in JSTOR

JSTOR's Arts & Sciences XI expands coverage with scholarship in core fields of Language & Literature, History, and Art & Art History.