Exam Proctoring

Proctoring is available for free through the Reference Department at our Central Branch, located on 79 Highland Ave in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Exam Policies

Reference librarians are able to proctor while working at their public service desk, and therefore, cannot be exclusively responsible for direct supervision of an exam.

Exams are proctored by whichever librarian is working at the Reference desk at the time the exam is scheduled.

Students are responsible for keeping track of their time during a proctored exam.

We are unable to enforce restrictions of personal belongings, including cell phones, laptops, and textbooks.

Somerville Library Proctoring Guidelines

Exams are scheduled by appointment only Monday - Thursday from 9:30AM - 8:30PM and Friday from 9:30AM - 5:30PM.

The maximum exam time available for proctoring is 3.5 hours.

Students must present a valid photo ID before beginning their exam.

Students must inform library staff of the exact date and time of each exam as early as possible to reserve a private study room. We cannot guarantee use of a private study room on short notice.

The library can provide scrap paper, pens, and pencils; all other materials, including calculators, must be brought by the student.

Computers are available by advance request only.

Students must arrange for Reference staff to be given exam instructions at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled test.

Reference staff requires a copy of the exam at least 24 hours in advance to the scheduled exam time.

If the exam is to be taken via the school’s portal, the student must bring their own computer with portal access.

Proctoring With SPL

Review our policies and guidelines carefully to ensure our library is compatible with your proctoring needs.

If we are compatable for proctoring, forward a copy of our Exam Proctoring page to your institution for their approval.

Inform your institution to follow up with Reference Librarian, Tim, at tbuckingham@somervillema.gov to approve proctoring with us.

Once we have been approved for proctoring by your institution, contact Tim at tbuckingham@somervillema.gov with the exact dates and times you intend to schedule your exams within our proctoring service hours.

We reserve the right to deny proctoring services if we are unable to meet the institution's required standards and procedures.

We also reserve the right to deny proctoring services for students who fail to honor our library policies.

Find Proctoring at Other Massachusetts Libraries

Proctoring is available at libraries throughout the Commonwealth. Visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website to find the right location for your proctoring needs.