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Libraries Announce Renovations

September 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Warner,, 413-577-1596





Amherst, Massachusetts – The UMass Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the completion of renovations in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library in Lederle Lowrise. The projects were largely funded through donations to the Friends of the Library’s Facilities Fund.

The Science and Engineering Library completed its second phase of renovations, which including the creation of a “Learning Commons” environment consisting of a new carpeted seating area with comfortable chairs, study tables with electrical outlets, a new service desk, a consultation space for librarians to work with students and faculty, and new exhibit display cases. The first phase was completed in February, 2012. The new space holds eight group study rooms, each with a whiteboard and computer, as well as 46 new individual computer stations. The Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Science and Engineering Library will take place on October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Renovations in Du Bois Library included the redesign of approximately 3,000 square feet on Floor 6 to create a new Music and Media Center with multimedia viewing areas, audio listening stations with LP turntables, CD players and cassette players, a browsable DVD collection, music monuments and scores, comfortable seating and computer stations with access to printers. This renovation brings all the music collections together for easy access to students and faculty. The Library will host an Open House of the new Music and Media Center on October 25, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The offices in the Special Collections and University Archives Department on Floor 25 of the Du Bois Library were renovated to provide space for the growing number of staff and students working to organize and digitize the collections of Mark McCormack, Kenneth Feinberg, Horace Mann Bond, W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as other collections documenting the history of UMass Amherst.

Other facility improvements include replacement of all five elevators, with the final elevator slated for replacement this fall. Additionally, the newly expanded Procrastination Station café on the entrance floor of the Du Bois Library now serves espresso, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, self-serve items, and soups. The daily transactions for the café have nearly tripled since the expansion was completed at the beginning of the fall semester.




Last Edited: 23 October 2012