Tufts University and its schools are the host to a wealth of academic resources. Between our campuses, students enrolled in credit-bearing courses or Tufts Pre-College Programs have access to six different libraries and our extensive digital collections and archives. All students who join the Tufts community will have access to these resources – take a look below to see what is available to our students.
Medford / Somerville Campus
School Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering
All students have access to the Tisch Library, which includes a collection of more than 850,000 volumes, 535,000 government publications, 102,000 maps, 990,000 microforms, 37,000 audiovisual items (including videocassettes, laser discs and recordings, and DVDs), and a growing collection of more than 300 electronic databases and 15,000 e-journals accessible to the Tufts summer community via the Internet.
A Tufts ID Card is required to check out materials from a Tufts library. Library materials must be returned at the end of the summer term. Replacement costs will be assessed to students who do not return borrowed items.
The Tisch Library is air-conditioned, has large study areas with views of Boston, many study carrels with electrical connections for portable computers, media classrooms, viewing carrels, and photocopy facilities.
The Fletcher School
The Edwin Ginn Library provides collections, services, and technology that anticipate and meet the research and instructional needs of The Fletcher School. The Library maintains a graduate-level research and study environment conducive to exploration, discovery, and knowledge creation.
The collection at Ginn Library supports research and teaching within the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Materials in the collection include those addressing topics of international relations, law, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies, business, economics and international development, military and security studies, and a variety of related social sciences disciplines. The library contains over 120,000 volumes, including 270 current periodicals and serials, and provides access to over 30,000 electronic resources and databases through the Tufts University Libraries system.
Also, of note, the library houses a variety of League of Nations and United Nations documents, publications from numerous international organizations, and a large collection of international treaty documents.
Since 2001, the library has hosted an exhibit space for photography and art, with the goal of highlighting world culture and promoting understand and tolerance. A second gallery space in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 128 Professors Row was opened in 2017. Photographs displayed in Perspectives have been submitted by Fletcher School students, faculty, and staff, and serve to showcase the technical skill, artistry, and international experiences of this community.
School of Arts & Sciences
A branch of the Tisch Library, the Lilly Music Library is in the lower level of the Granoff Music Center. The library is home to the historically important Frédéric Louis Ritter Collection, which contains approximately 2500 books, scores, and periodicals on a wide range of musical interest from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The library also has listening stations, high-density compressible stacks, and comfortable study areas open to all students.
All Tufts students, faculty and staff are welcome, you do not have to be taking a music class to check out any of our music, scores, books or other resources.
Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) supports the teaching and research mission of Tufts University by ensuring the enduring preservation and accessibility of the university’s permanently valuable records and collections. DCA assists departments, faculty, and staff in managing records and other assets. DCA collaborates with members of the Tufts community and others to develop tools to discover and access collections to support teaching, research, and administrative needs.
Boston Health Sciences Campus
The Hirsh Health Sciences Library (HHSL) is the primary library of Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston. The library maintains collections in medicine, dental medicine, nutrition, veterinary medicine and supporting collections in the basic sciences. In addition to a rich array of electronic and print journals and books, the library offers classrooms, conference rooms, individual and group study rooms and a café for Tufts and Tufts-affiliated faculty, students and staff.
HHSL subscribes to nearly 1,000 print journals and 2,000 electronic journals, and addresses the information needs of public health, education, research, medicine and management for the Boston Health Sciences Campus, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, and the Tufts Medical Center Hospitals. Members of the Tufts community can access many of these resources directly online. A few of its services include computer support, laptop loans, wireless computing, and online course management through TUSK (Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase).
Boston Fine Arts Campus
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) is the fine arts branch of the Tisch Library. All students, faculty, and staff with a Tufts ID are welcome to visit and access the SMFA Library's collections.
The library’s circulating collection includes both books and DVDs. The books primarily focus on art made since 1960, with an emphasis on image-rich exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, and theoretical texts. Available DVDs include art documentaries, experimental film and animation, and classic feature films. There is additional streaming content available through Kanopy.
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
The Webster Family Library, located in the Franklin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center on the Grafton campus, contains the largest collection of clinical veterinary medicine literature and resources in New England. The library provides access to books, journals and audio-visual materials—in analog and digital formats—in the fields of medicine and surgery for large, small and exotic animals; animal welfare; wildlife diseases and ecology; zoonotic diseases; conservation medicine; laboratory animal science, and veterinary practice management.
Other available, non-circulating, materials that students have access to are dozens of print periodicals on a range of art and cultural topics, as well as a collection of artists’ books, showcasing a wide range of binding types and conceptual approaches to book making.