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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

First-Year and Transfer Student Guide

An overview of the UMass Amherst Library System

Subject Librarians

Subject Librarians can meet with your to help you with your coursework. There is a subject Librarian for every major, minor, and certificate program.  They can help you to work smarter, not harder, by showing you all the great resources you can access.

All subject librarians create subject guides, where you can get started.

Here is where you can find a list of our databases.

Learning Commons Desk

The Learning Commons Desk is located on the north end of the courtyard on the Lower Level and is the department which takes care of all the borrowing and lending of physical materials in the Library. If you need to check out, renew, return, or request a book you can go to this desk. 

This desk also handles all Course Reserve loans. Course Reserves are materials left by professors for use by students in their classes here at the Library. Call numbers are specially assigned (so search using the Reserves tab on the front page of the website) and loan periods last three hours. There is *No Guarantee* that assigned materials for your course are available through Course Reserves, but be sure to check on the website or on your syllabus.

The Learning Commons Desk staff are in charge of the resources and space of the Learning Commons. Their students and staff can help you operate any of the hardware and most of the software available in the LC.

Library Information

Library Information, or the Info Desk, is located in the lobby on the South College side of the building. The desk is staffed by students and staffed the entire time the building is open and acts as the security force for the building. They are all trained to answer any question that you could ask, either directly, or by referring you to the person who can.

Besides information, they roam the building every hour and check for security issues, lost items, and enforce quiet study on the designated floors. If you have a concern, stop by their desk and let them know about it. If you think you lost something in the building, check with the Info Desk first before searching around the building.