UMass Amherst Libraries

The Power of Knowledge, Open to All  

A gift to the Libraries supports everyone. Every generous dollar keeps resources open and affordable to all. Philanthropic support allows us to create innovative spaces, programs, resources, and services that give our students, faculty, and citizens of the Commonwealth the power of knowledge to improve their work and their lives.

Our Vision: The Libraries are OPEN 

We are open to change – to reexamining the past and continuously reinventing our future.  

  • Our doors are OPEN: both physically and digitally, welcoming in a global community that sees themselves reflected in our collections, spaces, services, and–most importantly–our workforce.  
  • Our collections are OPEN: to reevaluation, and to being examined through the critical lens of scholars shaping an understanding of the world around them.  
  • Our minds are OPEN: to reimagining scholarship, to breaking the barriers of conventional academic publishing, to helping to amplify marginalized voices in the knowledge creation process.  

Our current top fundraising priorities include

We thank you—because of your philanthropy, UMass Amherst has a great Library.

For a complete description of Library gift funds, please click the "Updates" tab. To view a full list of Library funds, click the “Give Now” button at the top of this page and choose from the Fund Designation drop down menu.

The UMass Amherst Libraries, comprised of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Mount Ida Wadsworth Library, are the largest publicly supported research libraries in New England. With over eight million items available in print and online to the campus community and the citizens of the Commonwealth, the Libraries are the most visited places on campus.

The Libraries' Strategic Plan, Values, and Key Initiatives can be found here. To learn more about the Libraries, please check out Bookmark, the annual magazine of the UMass Amherst Libraries.