Educating young people to become "knowledgeable, thoughtful, and creative researchers" is part of our mission, and Commonwealth students learn to gather and manage information skillfully. That starts in Commonwealth's Library, which aims to facilitate access to information relevant to the coursework and academic interests of students, faculty, and staff. Research skills learned in the library will equip students to lead well-informed, thoughtful, productive lives.

The Library consists of a rich variety of print and electronic resources, connections to outside libraries and collections, and a program of information literacy instruction. To see what new resources have recently been added to the collection, visit our New in the Library page.

Our library catalog can be found here. The Commonwealth Library YouTube channel, which has research guides and tips for navigating different library catalogs and databases, can be found at this link.

Need help using the library?

  • For information on library policies, check out procedures, database related processes, and other important library services, check out this LibGuide.
  • Students and faculty can submit acquisitions and policy suggestions to the library by filling out this Google form.
  • You can find an A-Z database list here


Below you will find a bevy of helpful library resources, from electronic databases and research guides from Commonwealth to recommended readings and library catalogs from across Massachusetts and beyond.


Virtual Library

In the event students need remote access to library resources, follow this link. 

visit the Virtual Library

Jake MacDonnell

Librarian, Registrar
B.A., Oberlin College
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill