Blue Book of Optometry? Check. Will’s Eye Manual, online version? Check. Photographs of students from the 1930’s? Check. A laptop to use in the study room? Here!

The NECO library and archives offer a world of resources to help you with your work and beyond. While NECO’s collection of print books, journals, skulls and light meters, and many e-books, journals, and selected links to resources by topic (Research Guides) via our website are focused on optometry, vision science and medicine, we also offer you access to books and other materials on just about any topic you can imagine.

Since 2010, the library has been a member of the FLO (Fenway Libraries Online) consortium which, in addition to supporting library systems and services from behind the scenes, offers you many resources from borrowing privileges at other member libraries (Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, among others) to a collection of 50,000 academic e-books right from the online catalog on the library’s website. In addition to our membership in FLO, we maintain connections with many other libraries and organizations across the country to help get you what you want.

The NECO Archives and Special Collections house a wide range of materials pertaining to the history of the college as well as older, canonical books in the vision sciences. While these materials are available to use only in the library due to their physical condition or rarity, most are accessible to you. (Some access restrictions do apply.) For more information about the collections, see our Archives and Special Collections Guide.

The library staff — Heather, Judy, Lisa, Marek, Tara and I, and the students who work with us at the circulation/information desk – strive to support your every information need, whether it is to find the best places to find appropriate information, to use the latest edition of Netter’s or to borrow a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Simply: If you need help finding appropriate information resources or locating materials that you want, we will gladly help you. If we don’t own something in our collection, we’ll get it for you. Don’t hesitate to ask!

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