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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

International Student Library Guide

Tips on getting the most out of the UMass Libraries.

Using Call Numbers to Find Books

The University of Massachusetts and the Five Colleges use the Library of Congress Classification system.

Use the Call Number Locations to find out where specific call numbers are located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and Science and Engineering Library

This brief explanation of LC call numbers will help you find books and other materials in the library. (All items shelved in the library will have a call number on it).

You can browse the stacks by matching subject to call numbers.

Getting Materials Not Available at UMass

Occasionally you may need materials that are not available at UMass and the Five College Libraries.

You can request materials from Interlibrary Loan (ILL) 

Depending on what you are requesting, it can take as little as two days to get most articles and some books. This service is free! Tip: Don't leave ILL requests to the last minute!


Discovery Search

Search for  books, journals, articles, videos and more using Discovery Search from the Libraries home page. You can easily determine if the materials you need are located at UMass or in the 5 College system. Discovery Search searches most-- but not all-- of the UMass Amherst Libraries' resources. If you cannot find what you need, ask a Librarian.
If you have any questions, please ask a Librarian, using the Ask Us button on the Libraries' home page. Remember, the librarians are here to help YOU!

Ask a Librarian!

Contact Information

Du Bois Library Research Services
Phone 413-545-2623

Sciences and Engineering Library Reference
Phone 413-545-6741