Libraries and Archives

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst

The UMass Amherst Libraries is the largest public academic research library in Massachusetts. The Libraries also maintains a partnership with the Five College Libraries and memberships with the Commonwealth Catalog and Interlibrary Loan to expand access to collections across the state.

W.E.B. Du Bois Library
This 28-story library houses the Learning Commons, Learning Resource Center, Map Collection, Music and Media Listening and Viewing Area, IT computer labs, Special Collections and University Archives, the Faculty Commons and Procrastination Station café.

Science and Engineering Library
Offers access to science and engineering collections, study space, group study rooms, and discipline specific librarians.

Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
An internationally leading center for the study of the culture and achievements of the Renaissance period (1400-1700).

DEFA Film Library
A unique archive and research center devoted to East German cinema and related media from 1930 to the present, hosting artists-in-residence, conferences, and summer film institutes.

Durfee Conservatory
The Waugh Arboretum, Ray Ethan Torrey botanical green house, outdoor gardens, rain forest, and Victorian collections is a teaching laboratory and oasis of quiet sanctuary in the middle of campus.

Five College Library System and Repository
The five colleges have distinctive collections and archives, all available to UMass faculty.

Natural History Collections
Extensive collections of live and preserved insects, birds, fishes, invertebrates, mammals, plants, and reptiles, including the Anthropological Primate Collection.

Rausch Mineral Gallery
More than 240 specimens of museum quality rock, mineral and fossil specimens of 4.6 billion years of earth history.

SCUA: Special Collections and University Archives
Supports research in the histories of New England, the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the record of social change in the United States.

University Museum of Contemporary Art
The collection focuses on works on paper–drawings, prints, and photographs—from the second half of the 20th century to the present and comprises approximately 3,000 objects.

W.E.B. Du Bois Archives
Includes over 100,000 items of Du Bois’s correspondence (more than three quarters of the papers), speeches, articles, books, research materials, essays, plays, photographs, memorabilia, and more.