Update from UMass Amherst Libraries

Dear UMass Amherst Parents and Friends of the Libraries,

I write to assure you that the Libraries are committed to the health and safety of everyone in the UMass Amherst community and therefore will remain closed until further notice. Following UMass Amherst’s announcement to suspend all in-person classes due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, the Libraries’ staff continue to work remotely to support teaching, learning, and research.

The Libraries’ Resources for Remote Learning and Instruction page points students, faculty and staff to information on how to access digital materials and services, such as what do you do with currently borrowed materials (keep them until further notice), how to find an e-journal (here’s a video), or talk with a librarian online (email at Ask Us! Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.)

In addition to closing the Libraries, we have suspended our on-site events programming through the end of the semester. We are working to reschedule programming and several April events have moved online, including the annual Edible Book Festival April 1, the Undergraduate Sustainability Research Awards 2020 later in the month, and City Nature Challenge 2020, a global crowdsourcing nature identification event for all in late April through early May.

We will continue to provide updates from the Libraries and welcome your feedback and support. Now more than ever, we are especially grateful to our donors who support resources, collections, and services we are able to provide for the campus community.

Thank you,

Simon Neame
Dean of  Libraries