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UMass Amherst Libraries

Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies

This is a guide to resources in Latin American Studies in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Before We Get Started, Some Open Access Research Tools

Open Access Latin American and Latin American Studies EBooks


Open Access Ebooks and ejournals from CLASCO

Almost 1400 open access ebooks.




Libros UNAM Open Access

More than 2000 ebooks published and available via the The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Una plataforma que integra el catálogo de los libros electrónicos que las entidades académicas y dependencias universitarias publican y distribuyen de forma libre y gratuita con más de 2,000 títulos disponibles en diferentes formatos (EPUB, PDF y MP3).


JSTOR Open Access E-books
from  El Colegio de México and the Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales/Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)

680 scholarly books published by El Colegio de México, one of the most important academic research centers in the world. Founded in 1938, Colmex has published key books in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, yet many of these books had been unavailable for years. Over 200 titles published by CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales/Latin American Council of Social Sciences a network of over 100 research institutions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean committed to the promotion of scientific research in all fields of the social sciences and to enhancing scholarly exchange and cooperation within and outside the region. Freely available for anyone in the world to use.

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BiblioQuinoa Biblioteca Digital de pueblos originarios

Digital library of Native Latin American communities.  



Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Resources 


The SALALM Digital Primary Sources site hosts a database of listings that provide links to open access digitized collections of primary sources that relate to Latin America and the Caribbean. The materials listed are freely available to the public and were created or are hosted at an academic institution associated with SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), either through institutional membership or through the personal membership of a staff member. Currently, the listings may be searched by country, genre/format, hosting institution, and collection title. 

Latin American, U.S. Latinx, and Iberian Online Free E-Resources (LACLI)

LACLI is a collective effort to create a warehouse of online free e-resources with Latin American, Caribbean, U.S. Latinx, and Iberian full content. Latin American, Caribbean, U.S. Latinx, and Iberian Online Free E-Resources (LACLI) Project created by the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium (LANE) Guidelines and Further Information about LACLI Acknowledgments: CRL for sharing some data that helped to initiate this project. Further Details about the Creative Commons License

Latin American and Spanish Videos Freely Available on the Internet

Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Latin American librarian at SUNY-Albany, has compiled an excellent guide to finding Latin American and Spanish videos.

UMass Library Open Education Initiative

Now in its eleventh cycle, the Open Education Initiative has generated a total savings of over $1.8 million for students in classes that utilize open educational resources or free library material. The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing openly-licensed, low-cost, or free information resources to support our students’ learning. Grants are given in one of three categories with priority given to the projects that utilize or create the most openly licensed materials. Four types of projects will be funded based on the scale of the project proposed, the number of students impacted, and the project's shareability. Grant amounts range from $500-$2500.

Open Access at UMass Amherst

UMass has launched and participated in a number of initiatives aimed at increasing open access or more sustainable systems of scholarly communication.

Open Access Policy

  • As of July 1, 2016, UMass Amherst has an Open Access Policy. The policy was endorsed by the Faculty Senate on April 7, 2016, following negotiation between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Society of Professors (MSP) faculty union, and endorsement by the Faculty Senate's Research Council.
  • Read the FAQ for more information.

Open Access Activities at UMass