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“Here is where I get opportunities to meet,

interact, and learn from

so many others.”

Welcome to ARC

ARC is a coalition of academic, public, and special research libraries working together to facilitate the sharing of resources and services for the benefit of their collective users.


ARC began as the Worcester Area Cooperating Libraries (WACL) in 1967. In 2003, the libraries shaped ARC to become a vibrant committee within CMRLS. In 2010 CMRLS merged with the Massachusetts Library System. ARC members make decisions affecting the collaborative.

The ARC libraries house more than 3,800,000 volumes and more than 23,000 serial subscriptions. They serve an enrolled student body of approximately 26,000 as well as a total approximate population of 771,000 in the greater Worcester area.


So what does ARC do?

Interlibrary Loan
Clientele of any member library may borrow from the resources of others through Interlibrary Loan. Requests for loans are initiated at the patron’s library.

Cross Borrowing Cards for Faculty and Staff
ARC, in cooperation with its member institutions, extends cross borrowing privileges to all full-time and permanent part-time faculty, administrators
and staff. Individually issued ARC cards permit direct loans from member libraries. These cards are available at the patron’s library.

Cross Borrowing Cards for Students
Participating ARC institutions take part in a walk-in student cross borrowing program in which libraries have agreed to share their resources. Details and Cross Borrowing Cards are available from individual libraries.

Book delivery service facilitates interlibrary loans throughout the region.

Professional Development Opportunities
Library staff enjoy the benefits of networking with peers, sharing best practices, and pursuing professional development by participating in various Interest and Advisory groups.




This page last updated on August 28, 2012