The entire ninth floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is devoted to art, architecture, and photography. Special Collections & University Archives include the Medieval and Early Print Studies Collection and the Rare Books Collection. Resources are also available from the East Asian Collection and Near East Collection on the twenty-first floor and the East Asian Reference Collection on the twenty-second floor. The Library’s art holdings are strong, comprising over 80,000 volumes. The libraries at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and especially Smith College (Hillyer Art Library) complement the University’s holdings, and delivery of books not available at the University is expedited through Five College Delivery.
Students can also access the Rare Book Library & Research Collections at the Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, located on the UMass Amherst campus.
The University Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that helps current members of the UMass Amherst community access materials from beyond the Five Colleges, providing graduate students with the opportunity to request books from libraries all over the country. ILL also provides electronic copies of articles or book chapters from items that are owned by UMass Amherst as part of their Document Delivery services.
Located on the fifth floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, the Graduate Commons is a space dedicated solely to graduate students and post-docs. It is intended to be a quiet, scholarly workplace for graduate students and post-docs to work. The Graduate Commons is open and accessible to graduate students and post-docs all hours the Du Bois Library is open. For more information on access, please click here.