About Brennan Library

Brennan Library

At the heart of the Lasell campus sits the Jessie S. Brennan Library, a state-of-the-art information center that provides access to nearly 100,000 items including books, movies, e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and more. Patrons may access much of the collection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from a variety of platforms on campus and remotely. The Library has plenty of quiet and group study spaces and friendly staff members eager to help every student succeed.

As a member of the Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of 40 local libraries, the Brennan Library provides easy access to over six million items, all searchable through the shared online catalog. Borrowers may use any library in the network with the Lasell "torch card."

Mission statement

The mission of the Brennan Library shall reflect and support the mission of the college. Brennan Library shall provide the services, resources and access to resources to support and serve the curricular and information needs of its students, faculty and staff and in so far as possible, to share these resources with the broader community.

To fulfill this mission, Brennan Library is committed to the following goals:

  • Provide a collection of information resources developed and maintained at a level appropriate to support ongoing college programs.
  • Provide the staff necessary for the utilization of the library resources and services.
  • Provide instruction in library information literacy to ensure life-long learning for both professional and personal needs.
  • Provide appropriate facilities and equipment for the preservation, storage, and use of information resources.
  • Provide and maintain a comfortable and attractive physical environment.
  • Continually investigate new opportunities to increase services and access to collections beyond the College through cooperative programs with other libraries, library organizations and information retrieval systems.
  • Organize, monitor, and evaluate library services and procedures to assure the effective and efficient utilization of library services and collections.
  • Maintain a close and meaningful working relationship with administrative and academic departments to assure effective development of library information services consistent with the programs of the College.
  • Advise the College as to the requirements and costs of the library information resources and services and to monitor those costs.
  • Support the ALA Library Bill of Rights, Electronic Access, User Confidentiality.
  • Provide an archival depository for the correspondence, records, publications and other materials related to the work of the College.
  • Facilitate Library staff participation in continuing education and professional opportunities.