Hatch Learning Commons

Hatch Learning Commons

The recently renovated Hatch Library offers an inviting atmosphere, not only for individual study, but also for collaborative learning in our group study rooms. We have an up-to-date collection of over 450,000 items, mostly online resources accessible 24/7 from any location, which have been carefully selected to support your academic success. Bay Path students may also borrow recreational items such as popular fiction books or DVDs.

In addition, students may borrow items in person from the other academic libraries of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield, from the Storrs (Longmeadow Public) Library, or through free interlibrary loans.

Our website offers 24/7 access to over 100 online databases, featuring full-text articles from thousands of scholarly journals and major newspapers. Whether on or off campus, students with Internet access can view over 350,000 e-books and other electronic resources, including high-quality, course-related web sites and online tools for citation, research, and writing help. Ready reference collections and space to use them are also provided and staffed by Hatch librarians at Bay Path’s campuses in East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, and Concord, MA.

We are dedicated to helping our students complete research assignments or find library resources by phone, email, and also in person. At least one professional librarian is on duty whenever the library is open. Librarians at Hatch Learning Commons provide personalized service to every patron.

Hatch librarians also collaborate with Bay Path faculty in teaching information literacy skills required for the 21st Century workplace and valuable for lifelong learning by integrating with both our Traditional and TAWC programs in English and WELL (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders) courses.

The Center for Online & Digital Learning provides dedicated teaching and learning support services for faculty and students engaged in online learning and technology-enhanced learning at Bay Path. This includes formally orienting new faculty and students to online learning, instructional design services for faculty, supporting faculty and students' work with educational technologies like the Canvas and the iPads, as well as support for the University’s digital badging program.

Hatch Learning Commons is open seven days a week year round; current hours are posted on the web site.