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Giving to the Libraries

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 Students studying in the Graduate Commons.

The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein

It’s pure genius to give to the Libraries. If you want to make the broadest impact with your giving, support the most visited place on campus. When you support the Libraries, each dollar increases students’ access to knowledge. You enable the Libraries to renew learning spaces, to set trends in technology, and to deliver the richest resources to our students and to our state.

We thank you -- because of your philanthropy, UMass Amherst has a great library.

Simon Neame
Dean, UMass Amherst Libraries

Support the Libraries

From building our research collections to providing on-the-spot services, your gift to the Libraries gives students, the campus, and the Commonwealth access to the information and resources they need.

Learning Spaces

Gifts helped create the campus’s first-ever Graduate Commons for advanced degree students and a Special Collections Seminar Room for teaching using archival materials. The next major project will be a complete refresh of the Learning Commons, the most widely used undergraduate space on campus.

Technology for Students

Thanks to donors, students can borrow anything from laptops to video production equipment, make a 3D print, or create a virtual reality experience.

Special Collections & University Archives

Highly diverse and richly interconnected collections center on four primary areas of interest: social change; the histories and culture of New England; innovation and entrepreneurship; and the history of the University of Massachusetts. Gifts of archival and manuscript materials, photographs, and rare books are preserved and made accessible to researchers from around the world. Special Collections also supports a major digitization program and provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in both historical research and digital technologies.

Sustainability Fund

UMass Amherst leads by example when it comes to sustainability. From clean energy technology to growing food in student-powered permaculture gardens, there are now more than 300 sustainability-related courses on campus. The Sustainability Fund strengthens and supports the sustainability curriculum with the acquisition of print and electronic resources including books, journals, media, and special collections, as well as film screenings, book discussions, guest speakers, exhibits, and Paperbark Literary Magazine.

W. E. B. Du Bois Center

The mission of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center is to make the writings of Du Bois and his contemporaries available and accessible to everyone throughout the world for application to the problems and issues of the 21st Century, and to create new knowledge and support scholarship emanating from the life and teachings of Du Bois. The Center connects students, educators, scholars, and the public through lectures, symposia, scholarships and collaborations, to share the vast intellectual resources associated with Du Bois.

The UMass Amherst Libraries, comprised of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library, is the largest publicly supported research library in New England with over eight million items available in print and online to the campus community and the citizens of the Commonwealth. Located at the heart of the state’s flagship university, the Libraries are the most visited places on campus, welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library
  • 154 Hicks Way
  • Amherst, MA 01003-9275
  • (413) 545-3974

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