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University Library System

The Library System provides support for graduate studies and research through collections in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library (ISEL), the Image Collection Library, Music Reserve Lab, and through extensive electronic collections available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is open around the clock from 11 a.m. on Sundays to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. It houses materials in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as the Government Documents, East Asian, Map, and Law Collections, and Special Collections and University Archives, where the W.E.B. Du Bois collection is located. Du Bois Library has well over 200 available computer workstations, including PCs and Macs, and more than 50 loaner laptops, and 400 ports for laptop access. Students can get garage tickets validated for an hour’s worth of parking at the Learning Commons Information Desk. The Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library, with collections focused on mathematics, the natural and physical sciences, and engineering, is located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center, Lowrise.

The Learning Commons ( in the Du Bois Library brings together library, technology, and other campus services in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative work and social interaction. In addition to personal computers, scanners, printers, group study rooms, flexible work stations, and comfortable furniture, the Learning Commons offers academic and career advising, technical support, peer tutoring, writing assistance, reference and research assistance, assistive technologies for people with disabilities, information desks, and a café. The second and third floors have designated quiet study areas.

The Reserve, Media and Microforms Department is located on the third floor and provides multifunctional scanning, saving, and printing equipment for microforms; laptops and digital camcorders available for loan; and a multi-media reserve collection. A reading room with current issues of 80 popular magazines and newspapers is on the fifth floor. Wireless connectivity is available throughout Du Bois and the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library. To access this network, laptops or other computing devices must be wireless-capable and configured for the UMass connection.

The system is the largest public academic research library in Massachusetts. Present holdings include over 3 million volumes. Together, the books, periodicals, government documents, maps, sound recordings, and microforms make up a collection of over 6 million items, with 2.5 million in microform format, and thousands of electronic resources. A current UCard, the university photographic I.D., serves as a library card.

The Libraries offer a comprehensive suite of services aimed at delivering information to users. Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services provides fast and seamless delivery of information found worldwide to any place, at any time.

The Five College library catalog provides access to the UMass Amherst Libraries and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith College Libraries. Through the catalog, students can search all libraries simultaneously, focus searches on specific research areas, limit searches to a particular collection or format (e.g., book, CD, journal), and perform foreign language searches. Personal accounts can be set up to receive email notifications of new arrivals in designated subject areas and to review personal searches and borrowing histories.

The Library is a depository for United States government publications and Massachusetts state government publications. It is also an official U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository Library. Public computers are available for online patent searching on the sixth floor, Government Documents.

Research and Instructional Services librarians provide general information and specialized reference assistance in person, over the Internet, and by telephone. Subject specialist librarians work closely with academic departments to meet their research needs. Reference librarians also provide specialized course-related instruction and online research guides, and assist users with many specialized library services, including database searches, interlibrary loan, document delivery, the services available through the Library’s membership in various library consortia, and ScholarWorks, the Library’s repository. For a complete list of services for faculty and graduate students, visit