FAQ for Alumni and Visitors 

COVID-19

Is the SMFA Library open during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

The SMFA Library is currently closed, but you can request items for contactless pickup and make appointments for research help. We offer a variety of services and resources during this unusual season. See our Overview of Services for details. 

  • Note that only current students, faculty, and staff may enter the building.  If you would like to arrange pickup outside of the building, contact smfalibrary@tufts.edu and we will accommodate you if possible. 

 

Information for alumni

Can I check out books from the SMFA Library? 

  • If you already have an account, you may request materials to check out through our contactless pickup service. 

  • See our Overview of Services for instructions on placing requests. 

  • See Borrowing from the SMFA Library for details about loan periods.

  • Note that only current SMFA students, faculty, and staff may enter the building.  If you would like to arrange pickup outside of the building, contact smfalibrary@tufts.edu and we will accommodate you if possible. 

  • If you do not have an account, you are welcome to create one by stopping by the circulation desk after the library has fully reopened. Check Overview of Services for up-to-date information. 

Can I check out books from the Tisch Library? 

Our alumni may borrow materials from the Tisch, Lilly, and SMFA Libraries. 

Do I have access to online databases? 

You can register with the Tufts Alumni Online Community to access a selection of databases, including JSTOR. 

I’m a graduate of Tufts but didn’t attend SMFA. Do I have access to the SMFA Library? 

All Tufts AS&E alumni have access to our collections. 

Does the SMFA Library take donations? 

We are happy to consider donations. If interested, please contact smfalibrary@tufts.edu. 

 

Information for visitors

Is the SMFA Library open to the public? 

The SMFA Library is currently closed to visitors. Check our Overview of Services for up-to-date information. 

I’m researching a graduate or attendee of SMFA. How can I access the SMFA archives? 

The SMFA archives are now part of the Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives. See their website for contact information and details about access. 

I work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Do I have access to the SMFA Library? 

To request an SMFA Library account, first contact the staff at the MFA Library, who will forward your request to us if it is approved. 

I attend or work at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Do I have access to the SMFA Library? 

To request an SMFA Library account, fill out the account request form. MassArt Library staff will forward your request to us if it is approved.