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Borrowing

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Welcome to Access Services! 

We can help you with:

• Checking out, renewing and requesting library materials

• Picking up items on hold

• Course Reserve materials (print, electronic, & media)

• Borrowing a laptop, digital video camera, projector or audio recorder

• Public lockers for short-term use

• Picking up & dropping off Interlibrary Loan items

• Questions about My Library Account

Eligible Patron TypeBorrowing PrivilegesUMass Amherst Electronic ResourcesUMass Inter-Library LoanLaptop Loans

UMass Amherst Students

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

UMass Amherst Faculty and Staff

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Five College Students, Faculty and Staff

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

MA State Resident Borrowers

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

UMass Amherst Alumni

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

Active BLC and MCCLPHEI Affiliates

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

A photo ID must be presented with the borrower's card for each loan transaction. Borrowing privileges will be denied if a photo ID is not presented.

How can I get a UMass Amherst Library Card?

For students, faculty, and staff of UMass Amherst, the UCard is the library card. All others must complete the borrower card application.   Borrower cards must be picked up in person. Please allow at least 15 minutes at the time of your visit to complete the process. Applicant must present proof of residence and a valid photo ID. Questions? Call (413) 545-2623. 

Please note: all borrowed books are subject to Recall with 10 days notice by email.

Visiting the Libraries

Instructions for visiting student groups

Information about carrels

What is a proxy?

UMass faculty, staff and special needs students are eligible for a proxy card.  A proxy card allows a designated individual to check out books for them.  Research assistants are often designated as a proxy for faculty members. The faculty, staff or student who has authorized the proxy is responsible for all materials charged out on the proxy card.

The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to protecting each library user's privacy and confidentiality by keeping any personally identifiable information about users private.