The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Services for Alumni

Alumni of UMass Amherst undergraduate and graduate programs are welcome to use resources of the Libraries onsite and other services listed below!


As an alumni, you are eligible for a borrower's card.  You can find more information here.  To obtain a borrowing card, please see the Borrowing Application page.

Interlibrary Loan

Only students, faculty, and staff affiliated with UMass Amherst can use Interlibrary loan services.   However, your local public library can provide similar service for you.

Off-site Access to Databases and Ejournals

Unfortunately, our licenses do not allow alumni to access databases and/or ejournals from off-site.   And some resources are restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.   Call the Learning Commons Desk at 413-545-2623 before visiting campus to make sure the resource you are interested in is available.

You are welcome to come in to the Libraries and use the databases and other resources on our public computers. Public computers are available in the Learning Commons on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library, the main level (2nd floor) of the Science and Engineering Library, and the Wadsworth Library (at the Mt. Ida campus).    Call the Learning Commons Desk at 413-545-6845 before visiting access to make sure the resource you're interested in will be available to you.   

Here are a few additional suggestions:

  1. We curate a list of open access electronic resources through our Database A-Z list.  Click on the link and change the box from All Database Types to Open Access.  This will show you all resources that are freely available for you to use.
  2. If you live in Massachusetts, you can get access to databases through the Boston Public Library.  You will need to apply for a Boston Public Library ecard.  The databases you can access remotely are listed here.  
  3. If you live in another state, try your local public library (they often have a lot of online resources) or a local academic library with public computers.
  4. For online journals, try the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  
  5. For online books, try to Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or OAPEN

Printing, scanning, and faxing

There are pay-for-print black & white and color printers located on Lower Level of the Du Bois Library and on the main  Science and Engineering Library.  There is also a black & white only printing station outside the Graduate Commons on the Du Bois Library 5th floor.

What is the cost?
Black & White $0.05 --
Color $0.35 $0.70
How do I pay?

The pay-for-print stations accept a Guest Card. You can purchase a Guest Card at the black machine mounted on a brick columns near the print stations and copiers on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library and at the grey machine next to the entrance to the Science and Engineering Library. These machines accept $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills. 

Public Scanners

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library offers five MDS touchscreen scanners with book edges to make scanning bound materials easier. Scanner workstations are located along the brick columns adjacent to a bank of computers.

The Science and Engineering Library also has five scanners located on the main (2nd floor), the first floor, and the basement.

Public Fax Machine

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library offers the use of a FAX24 fax machine and service, which is located outside the Microforms room on the Lower Level. Follow the instructions posted on the machine. The machine takes up to 8 pages of letter/legal sized paper. Sending a FAX requires a credit card or other card with a Visa or MasterCard logo on it.

This Fax machine does not receive faxes.