Quinsigamond Community College
Prepared by Denise Cross, Coordinator of Technical Services
and Dale LaBonte, Coordinator of Library Serials & Electronic Resources
Remote Access from off campus to QCC Library databases
Step 1: Have your student ID number ready
bring your student ID to the library circulation desk on the 2nd floor of
the Harrington Learning Center to get a library barcode. 2 0179 0000 0000
The staff will ask you to fill out a few questions.
They will create a record for you and put a
barcode on the back of your ID. Your barcode
will allow you to request interlibrary loans and
check out books as well as allow you to access
the online databases when you are not on
Step 2: Go to the library web page.
The URL is
Click on Online Databases or Databases by Title
Step 3: Select a Database.
On the left is a list of our database
On the right-hand column there are links
to select Databases by Title or
Databases by Subject.
There is also a way to search for full text
articles by journal title.
Click on any of the links to get to our
subscription databases for articles and
books that are not available to you from a
web search engine.
Step 4: Enter your Student ID number or Library card (barcode) number and your Last Name.
Your library card number is the number
on the barcode placed on the back of
your QCC ID when you registered at the
When you enter the 13-digit barcode
number, do not include spaces between
Enter your last name.
Click on “Submit Query.”
You will be sent along to the online
database you clicked on in Step 3 above and will be able to start your search.
Troubleshooting error messages:
If you get a message telling you that your number
or password is incorrect, please call or visit the Need Help?
Circulation Desk for assistance (508) 854-4581.
Visit the Alden Library Reference Desk on the 3rd floor of the
Harrington Learning Center. A Reference Librarian is always on duty
Your barcode expires at the end of each semester, to help you. You may also call (508)854-4366 during regular library
hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime for a response
so you may also be “blocked” temporarily if you usually within one business day. You may also use available online
have not registered for the next semester or tutorials to get started anytime.
renewed your barcode in person. Stop by the
Ask Us via Instant Messaging
Circulation Desk with proof you are a current
student (paid term bill or class schedule) to update If we are online, feel free to ask us a question. If we are not online,
your library account for the current semester. call, email, or visit us at the Alden Library.
For assistance using the individual databases or for
help with your research project, please call the
Reference Desk during regular library hours at
(508) 854-4366 or email us at
Immediate help may also be available through a
chat session during library hours. When the library
is closed, try MassAnswers, a 24/7 online For general reference assistance online 24 hours a day, 7 days a
reference service. week you may use the MassAnswers program provided by the state
of Massachusetts through an LSTA grant. A librarian somewhere in
the US will assist with your question. Questions specific to QCC
may need to wait until the Alden Library is open, but getting general
questions or research pointers until then can get you started. Click
You may also use the link below Mass Answers to on the MassAnswers logo to get started:
access a more limited set of the online databases,
if you are having trouble with access. These
databases are available to Massachusetts residents
who have a valid public library card. (If you have difficulty logging in with your
Alden Library barcode, click here) for alternate access to
Massachusetts sponsored databases using your Alden
Library or local public library barcode)