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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

First-Year and Transfer Student Guide

An overview of the UMass Amherst Library System

Welcome and Overview

The UMass Amherst Libraries have so much to offer students. From the physical and online resources, to the equipment we lend, to all of the staff that can help you, and so much more. The possibilities are limitless! But I do understand that it can also be a bit overwhelming.


That is where this guide and I can help! This guide is made with first-years and transfers in mind, but anyone can use it. It is a good place to start to learn about all the amazing resources we have just waiting for you! But still not sure where to start, contact me directly and I will be more than happy to help.


Remember to work smarter, not harder!


aka The Purple Hair Librarian

Quick Links

The main website for the UMass Amherst Library System

The home of the Humanities, Social Behavioral Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, and Agriculture materials

The home of the majority of the STEM materials and the science librarians

The library on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, holding the Vet-Tech Resources.

Book a Du Bois Library tour with me, which includes information about both libraries

A list of the Librarian for every major, minor, and certificate program on campus

Home of all of the free tutoring provided by the University for most first and second year courses

The place to go to have a trained tutor review your writing and help you improve