The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Borrowing Application Forms

Borrower's Card Application

While Library buildings are currently closed and UMass has suspended in-person classes until further notice, our staff are working remotely to support you with Resources for Remote Learning and Instruction and UMass Amherst COVID-19 Updates.  For MA residents seeking online access to eBooks and other online resources, the Boston Public Library offers access via the BPL eCard:

Boston Public Library eCard:

The BPL eCard is a Boston Public Library card that you can sign up for online which provides access to all online resources, including OverDrive and Hoopla.  The BPL eCard is available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts residents and UMass Amherst alumni - complete this form if you are not a UMass or 5 College Faculty, student or staff member. The process will be completed when you arrive in person to pick up your card. We require a current valid state-issued photo ID and may require additional documentation for identity and address verification purposes. Note while the UM Libraries remain closed we will not be able to supply new borrower cards or provide access to onsite materials

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.

Apply for or Renew Borrower's Card

Proxy Card Application

For UMass faculty, staff and graduate students.

UMass faculty and staff members, graduate students (and any student registered with Disability Services) are eligible to designate and authorize another individual as their proxy for borrowing.   Graduate students may designate ONE individual as their proxy for up to one year.  A proxy card is then issued to allow the proxy to request and check out materials for them. The individual who has authorized the proxy is responsible for all materials charged out on the proxy card.

The UMass Amherst Libraries are committed to protecting each library user's privacy and confidentiality by keeping any personally identifiable information about users private.

Apply for Proxy Card

Library Carrel Application

Applications for annual academic year assignments are accepted between April 1 and April 30 from UMass Amherst Grad Students, faculty and authorized Visiting Scholars. Assignments are made on a prioritized first come, first served basis. 

Apply for Library Carrel