Iwasaki Library

Information for Alumni


Use of the Library

As an alumnus/a of Emerson College, you are welcome to visit the Library. All Emerson alumni have the following on-campus privileges:

  • use of print collections
  • use of media collections
  • use of most databases
  • reference assistance

An alumni identification card is required for building access and to check out books. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations to obtain an alumni card. To request library borrowing privileges, print and fill out the Application for Library Privileges, and return it to the Alumni Office. Applications may be faxed to 617-824-7807 or mailed to:

Office of Alumni Relations
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

The Library's website provides access to the library catalog, a variety of subject guides, and ways to contact us.

Due to content and licensing restrictions, remote access to Library databases is available only to currently enrolled Emerson students, faculty, and staff. Most public libraries offer remote access to databases with a valid library card. Contact your local public library for additional information and resources. If you are a Massachusetts resident, you have access to databases provided by the Massachusetts Library and Information Network.

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Alumni Gifts to the Library

Our thanks to:

Members of the Class of 1950, who raised almost $40,000 for the new library. Three study alcoves next to the Presidents Room are named for this class.

Paul Hughes, member of the Class of 1950, who contributed $10,000 to the new library. The Paul Hughes group study room is named in appreciation of his gift.

The Class of 1978, whose 25th reunion gift will support the exhibition of artwork in the Library.

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Memories of the Library

If you graduated from Emerson before 1999, you may remember previous libraries...

The fourth floor of 130 Beacon Street was the home of the Library from 1933 to 1960.

The Abbot Memorial Library at 303 Berkeley Street, incorporating the top floor of 145 Beacon Street with the Media Center in the basement of 143 and 145 Beacon Street, served as the library from 1961 to 1982.

In 1982, the Library moved to Governors' House at 150 Beacon Street, a beautifully renovated space that allowed for growth of the collections for nearly 20 years. The classic Mahogany Room was a favorite study space, and the house's elegant second-floor ballroom became a beautiful reference room. In 1995, the Media Services Center moved across campus to the Ansin Building. And in September 1999, the current Emerson College Library opened in the Walker Building.

Use our electronic suggestion box to share your Emerson library memories with us.

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