The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Services for Undergraduates

undergrads at the info desk

Looking for a place to study? Need help with your research? Want to work with your peers? Come to the Libraries! We have the spaces, resources, and approachable, knowledgeable staff to help you succeed during your time at UMass and beyond.  


The Libraries have study spaces for individuals and groups that are bookable online, quiet spaces for contemplative study, and hubs to congregate for conversation and coffee.  The  Learning Commons  in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library is a hub for academic activity; it is outfitted with computers, including laptops for checkout, accessible hardware and software, with support from our Assistive Technologies Center (ATC).  


The Science and Engineering Library on the north end of the Amherst campus, supports group and individual study with multiple computer workstations, bookable study spaces, self-service print and scan, and designated quiet study areas.


Students can receive support in research and writing, as well as pick up course reserves in the Learning Commons; in addition to having  books on reserve for  many classes, the Libraries  can help students get materials from libraries all over the world, using Interlibrary Loan and the Commonwealth Catalog.  

Reserves and requested materials can be checked out in all three UMass library locations, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Science & Engineering Library and Wadsworth Library, all of which have expert and personalized research support readily available.  If you are interested in scheduling a research consultation for general interest or a specific project, you can make an appointment to get one-on-one, tailored support—just for you—by following this link to book an appointment.


Want to discuss your writing one-on-one with a tutor?  The Writing Center is here to assist you with any writing project, at any stage of your writing process. The center's well-trained peer consultants can help you to brainstorm ideas, organize content, integrate research, polish a draft, and correctly document sources.  Visit the Writing Center web site to book an appointment


Interested in creative scholarship? Creating something new and different?  Start by finding something spectacular in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives  (SCUA), home of unique and important collections, accessible by visiting the SCUA Reading Room on Floor 25 of the Du Bois Library.  Transform digital images and content into a creative new project, using library support for regular printing, poster printing, or 3D printing.  The Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library also offers access and support for experimental technologies, including Virtual Reality (VR), media production equipment that can be checked out or used in our production studios, sound rooms that can be reserved for audio recording, and an extensive collection of professional production software and computers with the processing power to get that project done. 


We can help!  Visit us in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, the Science and Engineering Library  (SEL) in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, or at the Wadsworth Library on our  Mt. Ida Campus to receive support on completing that research assignment, writing a paper, or pick up materials that you’ve requested.

Can’t make it in person?  Ask questions online to receive support and navigate our vast digital resources.