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Using the Library

A guide to NECC Library's catalog with information about library cards, loan periods, fines, and requests.

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The NECC Libraries use an Integrated Library System called KohaKoha is managed by our network, Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM). Currently, HELM consists of 13 Academic Libraries. 

Your Library Card and Off-Campus Access

Your library card number is 203850 + your 8-digit student ID Number.

(For instance, if your Student ID number is 00223344, your library card number is: 20385000223344)

Your password is your 8-digit birthday.

(For instance, if your birthday is April 15, 1996, your password is: 04151996)

Your library card allows you to access your NECC Library Account to request and renew books and other items. You will also be prompted to enter your library card number and password when accessing the library's electronic resources (like databases) from off-campus.

Searching the Catalog

The NECC Library homepage contains a single search box for you to enter search terms for books & movies, articles, or facts. Select the "Books & Movies" tab to search the library catalog.

From this screen you have the option to choose the type of search that you would like to use:

  • Keyword — Finds the words you enter anywhere in the entire record including title, author, subject, publisher, notes, etc.
  • Title — Finds the words you enter in the title of a work
  • Author — Finds the words you enter for names listed as authors, editors, illustrators, translators, narrators, composers, directors, actors and other people or organizations who are credited as having helped create the work
  • Subject — Finds the words you enter in the subject headings assigned to a work
  • ISBN/ISSN — Finds the specific ISBN or ISSN number assigned to a work
  • Series — Finds the terms you enter in the title of a multi-part series
  • Call number — Finds the specific call number assigned to a work

Click on the "Advanced Search" link located underneath the main search bar if you would like to enter more information. You can filter by format, language, library, publication year, and even choose how you would like to sort your results list.

Koha advanced search screen

You can search for a specific ISBN by selecting the ISBN option on the homepage search screen, or by selecting the ISBN option on the Advanced Search screen. Enter the 10 or 13 digit ISBN and click "go" or "search."

ISBN search from the homepage 

ISBN Search from the advanced search page

Holds may be placed on items from the catalog and can be filled by any of the HELM libraries which have the available item for loan.  Keep in mind that some items may not be available, such as new DVDs & music, or other recently acquired items, including high volume fiction, reference, and archival material. Contact the library for more information.

Once you place a hold, the system will let you know if it was successful, or if the item is unavailable.

  • When you find an item to request, simply click the place hold button button located on the right side of the page.
  • Log in with your 14-digit Library Barcode Number and 8-digit birthday in the space provided. 
  • You will see your request and be able to select which of the NECC libraries you would like to pick up the item (Haverhill or Lawrence).
  • Click "Confirm Hold" to place the hold.
  • You will be redirected to your library account summary where you can see all items that you have placed on hold. If you need to cancel a hold, you can do so here.

book record in HELM highlighting the place hold button

confirm hold item screen  Item holds by library account



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