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Obtaining Borrowing Privileges for Visiting High School Groups

Massachusetts resident High School students under the age of 18 may obtain borrowing privileges by prior arrangement with authorization from their school librarian or school administrator. Please allow one week in advance of  group visits so that staff may prepare library cards for student use.

For visiting groups of students to obtain borrowing cards and privileges, complete the following steps:

  • Send a list in advance (by mail or email) of your student’s names along with your contact information.
  • Bring a letter for our files:
    • On school letterhead,
    • Include a list of students needing borrowing privileges,
    • Signed by the High School Principal, School Librarian or authorized administrator. 
    • You can bring this in on the day of the visit. For group visits, one authorization letter with a list of students names will suffice.
  • An online application form should be completed by each student at least two business days in advance to avoid delays.
    • This allows time for us to set up the borrower accounts and create the borrower cards, so they’ll be ready when your group arrives.
    • Fill out this application online at:
    • On the application form under Status, students should check off Secondary/High School and,
    • Enter the sponsoring institution in the box for School Name.


  • Each student will need to present a current Photo ID (a School ID will suffice) in order to pick up and use borrower cards.

     For questions about borrowing privileges for student group visits please contact:

    Pat Hardnett - Circulation Services Coordinator


    Thomas Paige - Manager, Circulation Services

    tel: (413) 545-2624

    We look forward to your visit!

    W.E.B. Du Bois Library
    154 Hicks Way
    University of Massachusetts
    Amherst, MA 01003-9275


Last Edited: 24 September 2013