The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Services for Patrons with Disabilities

The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to providing accommodations for patrons with disabilities. Patrons seeking assistance are encouraged to contact Dave Mac Court, liaison to Disability Services. Dave will assist in connecting patrons to appropriate offices and services, as well as assist in accessing services and resources. 

Assistive Technologies Center (ATC)

The Assistive Technologies Center, housed in the Learning Commons located in the Du Bois Library, supports assistive technology services to the UMass Amherst community.  It is open to any member of the University community with an ADA-defined disability that requires assistive technology support.  The ATC is a collaborative service of UMass Amherst IT, Disability Services, and the UMass Amherst Libraries. 

Access to Library Buildings 

The Libraries maintain public services in two locations: The Du Bois Library, the Science and Engineering Library (on the second floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center Low-Rise). Each are fully accessible with elevators. There are 15 handicap parking spaces between South College and Goodell Building available when visiting the Du Bois Library. For more information about accessibility, and any construction advisories, see:

Access to Books, Electronic Databases, and Other Resources

Books: UMass community members who have a print disability and are registered with the Office of Disability Services may also access the full text of books held by UMass Amherst. These digitized copies of books are made accessible by HathiTrust. Contact the UMass Office of Disability Services for more information. The Assistive Technologies Center (ATC) also works with patrons to provide library materials in an accessible format.

Library Databases: The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to ensuring that electronically licensed materials are accessible. To that end, we work with vendors to ensure that products are accessible. For guidance on particular systems, please see the Library Guide on "Services for Patrons with Disabilities," which includes detailed guides on a number of systems, including ProQuest and EBSCO host.

Technology and Other Resources: In the Learning Commons, staff and librarians are available to assist with use of technology (library computers, printers, scanners, etc.) and library resources (library catalog, databases, interlibrary loan, citation management software, etc.) A number of workstations are designated for wheelchair access, and the Assistive Technologies Center provides additional support with software, hardware, and services to access resources. 

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA): Special Collections and University Archives welcomes all visitors from the UMass Amherst community and the general public and will work with patrons to ensure access to SCUA’s collections. For information on accessibility in SCUA, please go to Disability and Accessibility at SCUA.