The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Borrowing

In person patron access to Library Stacks collections is currently unavailable. Onsite collections may be requested online for contactless pickup by UMass-Amherst and Five College students, faculty and Staff.

Please see the REMOTE RESOURCES page for additional information on how we can assist.
Borrowing FAQ
We can help you with:

• Borrowing, renewing and returning library materials

Requesting items from UMass or from another Five College Library, and for requesting Microforms

Course Reserve materials (print, electronic, & media)

• Borrowing equipment (video camera, tripod, audio recorder or accessories)

Public lockers for short-term use

• Picking up and returning Interlibrary Loan items

• Using My Library Account 

Contact uscirculation@umass.libanswers.com       (413) 545-2623

 

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

No

Five College Students, Faculty and Staff

Yes

On-site use currently unavailable

No

No

MA State Resident Borrowers

Currently unavailable

On-site use currently unavailable

No

No

UMass Amherst Alumni

Currently unavailable

On-site use currently unavailable

No

No

Active BLC and MCCLPHEI Affiliates

Limited

On-site use currently unavailable

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.

PLEASE NOTE: New applicants will be subject to a borrowing limit of ONE ITEM for up to 30 days until an identity/address verification process has been completed.

Commonwealth Catalog

As of Mar. 16, 2020 request functionality with Commonwealth Catalog has been temporarily suspended.

A 'public' alternative for popular reading and media:

Discover and request (with a UMass Amherst Libraries barcode) popular books, audio books, movies and more from a wide array of Massachusetts public and smaller academic libraries. Loan period: 28 days (non-renewable)

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 a valid MA driver's license or government issued photo ID and other proof of Massachusetts residence. Outstanding prior bills or obligations to the University or its Libraries must be paid in full. Questions? Call (413) 545-2623. 

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

Designating a proxy

Visiting the Libraries

Obtaining Borrowing Privileges for Eligible Visiting Groups

Information about carrels