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Borrowing Services

Looking for books and DVDs in Brennan Library? Search the Minuteman Library Network catalog and limit your location to Lasell University.

Library cards

The Lasell "Torch Card" is also your library card for the Brennan Library and all the other Minuteman Libraries. All students must have a valid student ID in order to check out materials. Patrons also need their library card numbers to access many of our online databases and to request materials online from other libraries. Your library card number is a 14-digit number printed above the barcode on the back of your Lasell ID. It can also be found in the "My Account" section of MyLasell Self-Service.

If you are a member of the Lasell community (including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and Lasell Village residents), and do not yet have a valid library card, fill out the Patron registration form and we will enter you into our system.

Loan policies

  • Most books: 3 weeks
    • Test prep books: 1 week
    • Reference books: Library use only
  • Periodicals: 1 week
  • DVDs: 3 weeks
  • Reserve materials: 2 hours, library use only
  • Equipment reserves: 2 days

An item may be renewed up to three times, unless there is a prior request for it. Patrons can renew some materials online by going into the catalog and logging into “My Account.”

Fines, penalties, and holds

Course reserves have an overdue fine of $2 per hour, up to $25 per item. All other items are fine-free when checked out at Lasell. Items checked out at other Minuteman libraries are subject to those libraries' fines.

Patrons may resolve fines by paying via the Minuteman Library Network website, or in person at any Minuteman library by cash or check. Borrowing privileges are suspended if any patron reaches $100 in outstanding fines.

If an item is lost or damaged, the owning library sets the replacement cost. Payment for the replacement of lost or damaged books belonging to other libraries may be made via the Minuteman Library Network website, or in person at the library by check or money order.

If a student has more than $200 in outstanding fines, a stop is placed on their university account. Neither transcripts nor grades are given to students with stops on their accounts, and they cannot register for classes.