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Maxwell Library Services for BSU Distance Learning Students


The Maxwell Library provides many services and resources that can be used off-campus. The goal of off-campus Library Services is to provide library materials, resources, and services to BSU students who are currently registered in distance learning courses and who are not registered for any courses that meet on the Bridgewater Campus.

Distance Users

As registered BSU students, off-campus learners have access to library materials, both print and online, and library services such as Circulation, Reference, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services, and other services. Off-campus students may conduct research by using the Maxwell Library's materials and databases and also by accessing resources at many other libraries.

Visit Us in Person

Welcome! See Library Hours and Events or call (508) 531-1749 for the most current Library hours.

Maxwell Library is located on Shaw Road in Bridgewater. Your BSU Connect Card and a valid BSU email account are all that you will need to access our electronic resources and borrow library resources. You may obtain a BSU username and password for an email account by Information Technology.

Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325

Educational Resource Center

Educational Resources Center (ERC): Resources and Services to support professional education and related programs at Bridgewater State University including: ERIC Microfiche Collection, Kindergarten through Grade 12 School Textbooks, Standardized Tests, TIM (Tests in Microfiche), Curriculum Guides, Kraus Curriculum Development Library, Children's Books and Periodicals, Professional Books in Education (Methods and Activities), Reference Books in education, and Teaching Kits. Phone: (508) 531-1304

Catalogs and Databases

Maxwell Library

The Library's Web Page provides information on library services and staff, electronic resources, and library collections. It includes information about Massachusetts-area library catalogs, Internet resources organized by subject as well as informational handouts.

Webster (Maxwell Library's online catalog) Maxwell Library's online catalog contains the holdings of Maxwell Library's collections. It is accessible from any computer with web access, either on or off campus. Use Webster to search for books, videotapes, DVDs, CD, and journals. Books may be renewed one time. Online renewals must take place prior to the actual due date.

If Webster does not include the specific item you are seeking, click on the Virtual Catalog link to pursue your search in the collections of other libraries in the region. The Virtual Catalog works for books and media, but is not set up to include journal articles.

To access databases from off-campus, you will need to have a BSU user account and log in.

Journals, to check to see if the library subscribes or provides access to a journal or magazine, go to the library home page, click Journals on the gray tool bar, and type the name of the journal you are seeking in the find box.

Circulation Services

The Circulation Department administers the Library's Loan policy and procedures including borrowing privileges, loan periods, and fees. Visit the Web Page or phone: (508) 531-1392


Maxwell Library has over 100 subject guides available from the library home page. Go to the Library Home Page, click MaxGuides and Under Browse by Subject (left-and side of the page), select the subject you are interested in researching.  Thes guides provide access points for locating books, articles, online resource, and other material.

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