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Borrowing

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Welcome to Access Services!

We can help you with:

• Checking out, renewing and requesting library materials

• Picking up items on hold

Course Reserve materials (print, electronic, & media)

• Borrowing a laptop or multimedia equipment (video camera, tripod, projector or audio recorder)

Public lockers for short-term use

• Picking up & dropping off Interlibrary Loan items

• Questions about My Library Account

 

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 only

No

No

MA State Resident Borrowers

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

UMass Amherst Alumni

Yes

On-site use only

No

No

Active BLC and MCCLPHEI Affiliates

Yes

On-site use only

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.

Commonwealth Catalog - 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. Questions? Call (413) 545-2623. 

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

Introduction to Discovery Search (video tutorial)

Designating a proxy

Visiting the Libraries

Obtaining Borrowing Privileges for Eligible Visiting Groups

Information about carrels