The Library's services during the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Library has continued offering services and support throuhgout the COVID-19 Pandemic. For the Spring 2021 semester, The Library is following all guidelines and procedures as outlined by Spring Back to Berklee. Related to this, we have a few important pieces for the Berklee Community to be aware of:

  • Some of our facilities are open, but are operating on a limited schedule with special access arrangements.
    • The Stan Getz Library and Creative Technology facilities in 150 Massachusetts Avenue are open and can be accessed by appointment only. You can check out items from the Stan Getz Library Collection through our Library Takeout service.
    • The Albert Alphin Library in 8 Fenway will be inaccessible to patrons. However, the collection can be accessed through our Library Takeout service.
  • We will continue to offer remote support options.

The staff of The Library



Faculty Support

We work with faculty to craft our collections, services, and instructional resources that will best support research, classes, and the Berklee community.

Ways to Get Help

You can request our services in a variety of ways:


Research Help

Reach out to our librarians for help with your research projects, our services include:

  • Live chat support during operating hours via "Ask Us Live!" button
  • One-on-one consultations, by appointment
  • Help with literature searching or reviews
  • Training on advanced research skills
  • Help with special research projects
  • Find items in the Berklee Archives, including materials that document the history, activities, and contributions of Berklee and Boston Conservatory’s academic and administrative departments, faculty, students, and alumni, with additional special collections in jazz and popular music. Physical archival collections are accessible by appointment ( during regular operations.


Instruction Services

Our Instruction Team is comprised of librarians who provide a suite of services to help with your classes. We stay informed of the latest pedagogy and teaching methodologies. Reach out to us and we can make a plan tailored to support your students' with using the library. Some of the services we provide for class support include:

  • Visit online classes and lead worskhops on how to use the library and learning how to navigate information and use the library effectively.
  • Create instructional objects that can be shared individually and/or embedded into courses.
  • Create study guides, tutorials, modules, videos, and other learning objects that can be integrated into courses
  • Collaboration in designing research assignments and integrating information literacy skills into your course


Course Reserves

We provide digital access to items that are important for a particular class. For Spring 2021:

  • There is no in-person, physical access to Reserves at this time. And no physical items may be placed on Reserves.
  • Faculty may request electronically available items to be purchased for their course and placed on Reserves
  • To request that a digital item be placed on Course Reserves at the Libraries, fill out the Course Reserves Request Form. If you need further information, please contact: Brendan Higgins
  • Faculty members will provide access information to students after the reserve request has been fulfilled


Purchase Requests

Fill out this form to recommend a purchase. (While not every request can be fulfilled, the Libraries strive to grant most faculty purchase requests.) For further information, or to discuss a needed title, please contact: Brendan Higgins


Borrowing Items

(Instructions for requesting holds on items and for contactless pick up will be posted for Spring 2021)

Typically, faculty can check out 20 scores, books, Learning DVDs, and play-along CDs for one semester, and 10 DVDs and CDs for seven days. Faculty may check out their Reserve items overnight. 


Creative Technology Tool Training

The Libraries offer many workshops as well as one-on-one training on equipment to students, both hardware and software, and VR equipment. Visit our homepage for upcoming classes or request an online consultaiton with one of our experts. The Creative Technology Center is offering online workshops in Spring 2021. Contact Blair Pershyn, ( for more information.