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MFA Visual Art Research

A research guide created for students in the MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Library Access After Graduation

Lesley alums can still borrow books from both Lesley libraries after graduation, although we can no longer borrow books from other libraries for you.  Go to Doble campus or University Hall security desks to get an Alumni ID after you graduate, and then visit the library to set up your new alumni account! Alums should e-mail to let us know when you're making a trip to the library, so we can let you into the buildings.

  • You can also search a global library database, Worldcat, input your zip code, and find out which libraries near you have a book.  Then, look at the library's website to see what their access policy is. Some libraries will let you in, so you can at least read it/scan it while you're there even if you can't check it out.  If you need someone to write a letter requesting access for you (for example some Harvard libraries won't let you in) you can e-mail us at with a description of why you need access and we can request access for you!

You won't have access to our paid electronic resources after graduation. We don't own our electronic materials (the publishers don't let us), we just pay a fee to have access to them, so we don't get to choose who has access.  You can visit the libraries in-person to access most of the electronic resources from a library computer.  You can also consider these database access options:

  • Look at your local public library's website to see if they offer database access with a public library card. For example Boston Public Library allows any Massachusetts resident (even those outside of Boston) to get a library card that gives you access to all these databases.
  • Use Google Scholar to search for articles. If you find one that isn't full text, search the web for the article title in quotes to see if it's available in full text somewhere else. You could also e-mail the author to ask if they are able to send you a copy.


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Librarians are available for consultations, even after you graduate. E-mail to set up a Zoom or in-person meeting to discuss options for publishing your written work.