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A guide to UMass Library resources, web sites, and information about ecovillages around the world, with space dedicated to Living Routes, a study abroad program.

Library Research Tips

Know your OIT net id and password; you’ll need it to log onto library databases from off campus. 

Bring your UMass photo ID  to the Library; you’ll need it to check out books, print journals, media, video cameras and laptops.

Books may take a while to arrive through InterLibrary loan; so plan early!

Quick poll

Had you ever heard the term "ecovillage" before viewing this library guide?

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Yes: 16 votes (59.26%)
No: 11 votes (40.74%)
Total Votes: 27

What is an Ecovillage?

"Ecovillages are urban or rural communities of people, who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design, permaculture, ecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices, and much more."

From the web site of the Global Ecovillage Network