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Faculty Commons

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The Faculty Commons is a space dedicated solely to faculty and librarians. Located on the 26th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, it is intended to be a scholarly workplace for faculty and librarians. The Faculty Commons is open and accessible to faculty and librarians all hours the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is open.


Only faculty and librarians are eligible to use the Faculty Commons.


Entry requires a valid UMass Amherst faculty or librarian UCard. Faculty or librarians who wish to access the space must submit a request via the website

General Guidelines

  • The Commons is not a quiet space. Discussion, held at a reasonable volume, is allowed. Earplugs are available in the Commons for those who require complete silence for their work. 
  • Faculty and librarians using the Commons are expected to be considerate of their colleagues. 
  • Cell phone calls should not be conducted in the space. Cell phone booths are available in the Library on floors 2 and 3 and the Lower Level.
  • Earphones should be used when listening to audio, at a volume that is inaudible to others.
  • The Libraries are not responsible for personal items. Please do not leave them unattended.
  • Be considerate of others. Avoid bringing odiferous food into the Commons. Clean up after yourself when you leave the Commons.
  • Library materials left in the Commons will be removed and re-shelved daily.
  • Those using the space must not provide access to unauthorized users (i.e., anyone who is not a faculty member or librarian). The Libraries have the right to suspend access privileges for people who provide access to unauthorized users.


  • Collaborative workrooms (2 available), including 32” flat screen display and laptop connection; each room can accommodate up to 5 users.
  • 2 iMac computers with dual boot capability (Windows and Mac OS platform cross-compatible).
  • 2 PC computers (Dell).
  • LCD projector/pull-down screen.
  • 1 photocopier/printer/scanner.
  • For technical support, please contact the Integrated Services Desk (413.545.2623).


  • Lockers for use by patrons of the Faculty Commons are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a semester-long term with a valid UMass faculty or librarian UCard.
  • Locker keys are available at the Circulation/Reserves Desk on the Lower Level.
  • Read the full usage policy here.

Emergency and personal safety

  • You are required to leave the building when the fire alarm is activated.
  • Report threatening behavior to the Du Bois Library Information Desk (413.577.0840).
  • Emergencies: Call 911 from a campus phone or 413.545.3111 from a cell phone.

Programming and Events

The Libraries, IT, and the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development regularly host programming in the Faculty Commons to support faculty and librarians' research and writing. You can view upcoming programming on the calendar below. 


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Faculty Commons