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



Our Services


The following service offerings are available from The Library team. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please submit your request via our Ask Us form. Someone will respond to you within 48 hours.

Ways to Get Help

You can request our services in a variety of ways:

Faculty Support

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

Contact us at or email one of our team members for help with:

  • Finding resources for classes (including requesting a purchase)
  • Scheduling a librarian class visit
  • Requesting library instructional content for students (e.g. study guides, videos)
  • Course reserves



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


Technology Training

Audio, multimedia and notation software Peer Training as well as Classes and Workshops are available remotely via Zoom. View details and sign-up on our training page.


Equipment Circulation

The CTC has an inventory of equipment available for in-facility use. Commonly used items include audio interfaces for recording electric guitar and bass, analog synths and MIDI control surfaces. All equipment is quarantined upon return for 72 hours before it is circulated again.

You may add a piece of equipment to your workstation reservation in advance of your visit or request upon arrival.

A limited number of specific items may circulate out of the facility. View out of facility items and schedule a pickup time on our booking site. To return any equipment circulated out of the facility, please reserve a dropoff time and place in the indicated bin upon your arrival.

No need to sanitize equipment at check out as it has been quarantined.


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.


Archival Reference & Consultation Requests


Please visit The Berklee Archives website for more information about any Archival Reference & Consultation Request needs.



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


Audio, Notation and Multimedia Software Training

Learn how to use the latest software and hardware for audio, notation and multimedia production. The Creative Technology Center offers students Classes and Workshops as well as individualized Peer Training to suit your needs and schedule.


Library Takeout

The Library facilities are only accessible to students enrolled as hybrid status, and faculty and staff with on-campus approval for the Spring 2021 semester. The Stan Get Library stacks, as well as “The Living Room” area, will remain closed to patrons until further notice. The Albert Alphin Library facility is inaccessible to the public, while it’s items can be requested and scheduled for pickup at our Stan Getz Library facility.

To check out materials, patrons first need to place items on hold, and then schedule a pickup time.

Once patrons schedule a pickup time, they may come to the Stan Getz Library at their selected time to retrieve their materials. The pickup area will be in front of the circulation desk. This hold and pickup request process is only available to students enrolled as hybrid status, and faculty and staff with on-campus approval for the Spring 2021 semester.

Please note: patrons have 4 days from the date the “Library Hold Confirmation” email was sent, to pick up their items. After that, the hold on their items will be canceled.

All materials should be returned in the book drop outside of the Stan Getz Library doors. Conservatory students can also return materials in the book drop at the Albert Alphin Library.

For more information on library circulation policies, click here.