Services for People with Disabilities
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries are committed to equal access as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Users with special needs are encouraged to request accommodations. The Libraries provide a supportive environment in which an individual's needs can be met and privacy respected.
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
154 Hicks Way, Amherst MA 01003. For hours, please call 413.545.0414 (voice recording)
The W.E.B. Du Bois Library houses materials (books and periodicals) primarily for the humanities and social sciences. The directory of the building describes the locations of materials. Also located in the Library are the following departments: Learning Resource Center on the 10th Floor for academic tutoring and supplemental instruction, and the Assistive Technologies Center with adaptive devices on the Lower Level.
Entrance to Building
The entrance to the Library is located on the south side of the building, facing Old Chapel. The Main Entrance has two button-activated, electrically powered doors. Elevators provide access to all floors.
The Lower Level and the 2nd Floor have wheelchair-accessible bathrooms for men and women. The telephone (campus only) in the east lobby of the Entrance Level is wheelchair accessible.
(Lower Level, 413.545.2622)
Staff will arrange to retrieve books and journals from the stacks and hold them for you at the Circulation Desk. Your UCard serves as your library card. If you cannot pick up the materials yourself and plan to give a friend your ID to obtain them for you, please complete the Proxy Application Form. Bound journals circulate, but you can also make special arrangements to have articles copied for you with your copy card. There is also a wheelchair-accessible photocopier on the Lower Level if you prefer to do the copying yourself.
Reference and Research Assistance
(Lower Level, 413.545.0150)
To begin research, take the elevator down to the Lower Level. Library staff at the Reference and Research Assistance Desk are there to help you get started with the research process. You may prefer to make an appointment in advance of your visit for in-depth research help with a reference librarian. The Lower Level has wheelchair-accessible PCs and printers.
Assistive Technologies Center
The Assistive Technologies Center (ATC) is located on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The ATC offers technology services to any member of the University community with an ADA-defined disability. This lab is coordinated by OIT Computer Classrooms. There are several workstations and a variety of hardware and software to assist users with research, information, and study needs. For assistance with the room, its equipment, or software, visit the Learning Commons and Technical Support Desk on the Lower Level.
Science and Engineering Library (SEL)
The library is inside the Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC) Low-Rise; Enter through Rm A273. 413.545.1370
The entrance to Science and Engineering Library is on the second floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center Low-Rise in Room A273. LGRC is at the intersection (roundabout) of North Pleasant Street and Governor’s Drive. The LGRC complex consists of the Low-Rise and a white Tower, connected by a second floor bridge over the central courtyard patio.
Entrance to Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC)
The main entrance to the LGRC Low-Rise is near the North Pleasant Street crosswalk (east side). Stairs lead from the ground floor lobby to the 2nd floor entrance of the Science and Engineering Library. There are also entrances to the Low-Rise on the west side of the building at the north end (closest to the roundabout) and from the central patio at the south end.
ADA button-activated, electrically powered doors are available from the central patio beneath the connecting bridge between the Low-Rise and the LGRC tower. There is also a ramp leading to the central patio from the south.
Elevators and Other Resources
An elevator is available at the north end of the LGRC Low-Rise that accesses the 2nd floor. Or, use the elevators in the LGRC Towers to access the 2nd floor connecting bridge to the Low-Rise. The entrance to the Science and Engineering Library is near that bridge.
An elevator within the library accesses 3 of the 4 floors. The basement floor is accessible by elevator with staff intervention. All four floors are accessible from a stairwell within the library.
Library Staff at the Service Desk will gladly assist users who are disabled.
The second floor (entrance level) at SEL has one wheel-chair accessible restroom for each gender.
Several ADA and metered parking spaces are found between the LGRC courtyard and the West Experiment Station off of North Pleasant Street.
For comments or suggestions concerning this page, please contact: Beth Lang, Reference Librarian.
Last Edited: 29 November 2012