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First-Year and Transfer Students Guide

An overview of the UMass Amherst Library System

Science and Engineering Library

The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) is separate from the Du Bois Library, and is located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, directly across from the Northeast Residential Area on North Pleasant Street.

While Du Bois may seem a little bit large and intimidating, SEL is much smaller and tends to be quieter, like a neighborhood library. Anyone can study at either building, so if you want a quieter atmosphere or live on the North end of campus, feel free to stop in!

During the semester, SEL is open 1pm-11pm on Sundays, 8am-11pm Monday through Thursday, 8am-5pm on Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturdays. If students need access to library resources (besides books) outside of SEL's regular semester hours they can come to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.


The Lower Level of the Science and Engineering Library is home to the compact storage for many of the Periodicals.

Floor One has Periodicals as well as study space.

The main entrance to SEL is through Lederle on the Second Level. Straight ahead is the Service Desk, and to your right is the "Learning Commons" area. SEL has 73 Computers, printers, and 8 of the glass study rooms that can be reserved by groups of three or more. On the left is the reference collection for the Science and Engineering materials as well as the Reference consultation area.

The Third floor has stacks space as well as a large open study area. This floor also has a classroom space.


The Subject Librarians for the Science and Engineering majors work out of SEL rather than Du Bois. You can meet with them at SEL or make an appointment online through the Library website.

The Service Desk functions nearly identically to the Ask Us Area at Du Bois, but has the added benefit of also housing the majority of their other functions as well. Any book taken out from the Library can be returned to any desk. If you would like books that you requested to be delivered to SEL rather than Du Bois you can speak with the staff there to learn how to do that.

The Second floor also has exhibit space which is used to feature local artists and event space for speakers and lectures.