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UMass Amherst Libraries

Academic libraries play an important role in efforts to retain students and help them succeed.  They provide formal and informal learning environments for students to thrive as members of a research community. 

Moreover, they instill learning skills that students can transfer and apply beyond their university experience to the greater good of our knowledge-driven and global society.  As you interact with your students, encourage them to utilize the UMass Amherst Libraries and their resources in pursuit of their academic career.

The UMass Amherst Libraries has two main locations: the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library. The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the largest Academic Library in the world and is the primary location for resources in the humanities and fine arts. Within the W.E.B. Du Bois Library the following resources are available to students free of charge:

  • The Learning Commons (LC) is an extremely popular spot for students to study, either alone or in groups. The LC provides technical support, group study rooms, assistive technologies, computers, printers, poster printing, copiers, scanners, vending machines, UCard machines, and a fax machine.  Printed materials, interlibrary loans, and course reserves can be picked up in the LC as well.
  • The Writing Center in the LC provides students with support for their writing process.  They meet individually for a 45-minute scheduled appointment with a well-trained peer tutor.  They then read the writing project together to discuss options for revisions; this iterative revision process helps students to become better writers.  
  • The Academic Librarian Program is a program where our Librarians help students conceptualize research topics, get started with the research process, and get connected with the most reliable academic resources on campus and worldwide. Students can book a consultation with a Librarian here.  There is also an Ask a Librarian Desk in the LC where students can drop in for help.
  • The Digital Media Lab on the 3rd Floor has 3D printers, green screen, video recording spaces, sound-dampened audio recording booths, computers, video editing software, equipment to lend, and expert staff to support the multimedia production process every step of the way.
  • The Learning Resource Center offers a peer-supported environment to meet academic challenges.  They offer drop-in tutoring help from 1pm-10pm Monday through Thursday.  

The Science and Engineering Library located on the 2nd Floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center, Lowrise is the primary location for resources in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.  They provide group study rooms, computers, wireless, quiet study space, printers, scanner, classrooms, and exhibit space.

In addition to the services listed above the UMass Amherst Libraries have even more to offer and a staff that are here and excited to help your student become a success! Encourage them to visit with a librarian before embarking on research projects and take advantage of the above resources to excel in their courses.

For questions and more information, they can contact Annette M. Vadnais (link email the Undergraduate Outreach Librarian, at 413-545-2562.