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 The expanded Circulation/Reserves service desk is adjacent to the Learning Commons on the Lower Level of Du Bois. 

The Du Bois Circulation and Reserves Service Desk and staff are located on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library.  Check out books, course reserve materials, laptops, video and multimedia equipment, public locker keys and more at this convenient combined service point. 

 Who Can Borrow from the UMass Amherst Libraries?
The UMass Amherst Libraries lend to faculty, staff, and students of UMass Amherst and the Four Colleges. Borrowing privileges are extended to adult residents of Massachusetts, University Alumni, as well as students at all other Massachusetts colleges and cardholders at institutions which are members of the Boston Library Consortium. Massachusetts resident Secondary students under the age of 18 may obtain borrowing privileges by prior  arrangement with authorization from their school librarian or school administrator (see requirements below). Please note: all borrowed books are subject to Recall with 10 days notice by email.

What Do You Need to 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. 

Eligible Borrowers Requirements

 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.

What Can I Borrow and Renew?
Most Library materials circulate and may be renewed online, in person, or by written request. Some Library materials are designated as non-circulating such as reference and law, certain Reserve materials and those in Special Collections and University Archives. Loan policies vary according to the following chart. For media materials such as DVDs, see Media Collection .

Patron Type Loan Period Renewals
UMass Amherst Undergraduate,                 UMass Amherst Continuing and Professional Ed 28 days 9
UMass Amherst Faculty & Staff                       UMass Amherst Masters/Doctoral Student 180 days 3
Four Colleges Faculty & Staff 90 days 3
Four Colleges Students, Other Massachusetts & BLC Consortium Colleges, Massachusetts Residents and UMass Amherst Alumni 28 days
Patron Type Loan Period Renewals
All users   28 days No
Books at the Five College Depository
Patron Type Loan Period Renewals
UMass Amherst & Four Colleges faculty, Staff and Students 28 days 3
Massachusetts Residents, UMass Amherst Alumni, students outside the Five Colleges  No No
  Bound and Unbound Periodicals
Patron Type
 Loan Period
 UMass Amherst Undergraduate, UMass Amherst Continuing and Professional Ed, UMass Amherst Faculty & Staff, UMass Amherst Masters/Doctoral Student 24 hours No
Four College Faculty, Staff & Students, Other Massachusetts and BLC Consortium Colleges, Massachusetts Residnts and UMass Amherst Alumni Onsite Use Only Onsite Use Only
  Newspapers (Print)
 Patron Type
Loan Period
 All Users
Onsite Use Only
Onsite Use Only
  Reserve Materials*
*Some Reserve items are in-library-use only. You must return and renew Reserve items at the Circulation/Reserves Desk on the Lower Level ofDu Bois Library.
 Patron Type
Loan Period
 All Users
3 Hours Yes, in person, if no one is on waitlist for item.
  Media: Videos (VHS, DVD), Audio CDs, Audiocassetttes, LPs, (Including Music Monuments)
 Patron Type
Loan Period
UMass Amherst and Five College Students, Faculty and Staff 5 days (Limit 10 items)
Massachusetts State Residents, UMass Amherst Alumni, Other Massachusetts & BLC Consortium Card holders 5 days (Limit 3 items)
   Public Locker Keys
Patron Type Loan Period Renewals
All Users 3 days No
 Laptop PCs from Lower Level Circulation/Reserves Desk - Du Bois*
*These items are in-library-use only.
 Patron Type
Loan Period
 UMass Amherst Students ONLY
4 hours
Multi-media Equipment from Lower Level Circulation/Reserves Desk - Du Bois
 Patron Type  Loan Period  Renewals
 UMass Amherst Students, Faculty and Staff ONLY
 3 days  No

 Loan periods for Bound Periodicals held at the Five College Depository vary. Please ask at the Circulation/Reserves Desk.

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.



Last Edited: 25 January 2015