Virtual Reference and Chat Services

Welcome to the MHS Virtual Reference page! During our current building closure we want to make our reference staff available to you in real time. Librarians are available for live meetings by appointment via Zoom, or you can live chat with a member of the reference staff. Please remember that while we do not have physical access to our collections, the help we can offer may be limited.

Virtual Meetings

The Library Reader Services team is utilizing Zoom to conduct virtual one-on-one meetings with researchers. This option allows you to see and speak with a member of our reference staff and to present your research questions in-person, rather than via e-mail or voicemail.

If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment with a librarian, please e-mail library@masshist.org and a staff member will coordinate with you to find a convenient time.

Live Chat

Another way to communicate with the MHS library staff is to conduct a live chat session with a librarian. To initiate a live chat session with a librarian, just click the "Ask a Librarian" button below. Your chat box will open in a new tab and the first available librarian will respond.* The service is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and on Tuesday, 1:00PM-7:00PM.

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*If the system says that we are "Busy" then it means we are currently handling as many chats as we can at one time. Please check back in a little while and try again. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

Online Event; Author Talk

Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

3Jun 5:30PM 2020
This is an online program

REGISTER HERE Picturing Political Power offers a comprehensive analysis of the connection between images, gender, and power. This examination of the fights that led to ...

Author Talk; Online Event; Adams Series

Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America

5Jun 2:00PM 2020
This is an online program

REGISTER HERE After humble beginnings as faltering British colonies, the United States acquired astonishing wealth and power as the result of modernization. Originating ...

Author Talk; Online Event

Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading

11Jun 5:30PM 2020
This is an online program

REGISTER HERE The publishing phenomenon of summer reading started in the nineteenth century, as both print culture and tourist culture expanded in the United States. ...

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