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Library System

Director of Libraries: Jay Schafer (413) 545-0284
Library Hours: 545-0414
Reference and Information: 545-0150
Circulation Office: 545-2622
Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library: 545-1370
Image Collection Library: 545-3314
Music Reserve Lab: 577-2711
Website: www.library.umass.edu

The Library System provides access to an extensive collection of electronic services and resources, which are available 24 hours a day at www.library.umass.edu. The campus libraries include the W.E.B. Du Bois Library (and the Learning Commons), the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library, the Image Collection Library, and the Music Reserve Lab. Library staff members in each location provide research assistance to users. The libraries offer students individual and group study spaces, computers, and access to well over 5.9 million items, ranging from books, magazines, and journals to newspapers, maps, musical recordings, Special Collections manuscripts, and government documents. More than two million items in the libraries are in microformat. A current UCard, the university photographic I.D., serves as a library card.

The Learning Commons brings together library, technology, and other campus services in an environment that fosters informal, collaborative work and social interaction. In addition to personal computers, group study rooms, flexible work stations, laptop computer borrowing, 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.

Reference librarians offer instruction in using electronic resources and developing research strategies through class sessions, workshops, and individual appointments. The Libraries designate librarians to academic departments and schools on campus. These Academic Liaisons create research subject guides and offer reference assistance: www.library.umass.edu/reference/liaisons.html. Librarians are available to assist in person, by phone, instant messaging, and email through Ask a Librarian: www.library.umass.edu/ask/index.html.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library, 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, is the location for most reference materials, and books and periodicals in the social sciences and humanities. It also houses Special Collections and University Archives, and the Law, Government Documents, Maps, and East Asian Collections. The reserve reading collection, audio-visual reserve materials, and music listening facilities are also located in Du Bois Library, with the same opening hours.

Materials in the sciences are located in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library on the second floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center. The Music Reserve Lab, with listening facilities, is located in the Fine Arts Center and provides access to recordings, scores, books, and videos assigned for music classes.