Q. I graduated from UMass Amherst. What library services can I use as alumni?
Only students, faculty and staff affiliated with UMass can use UMass interlibrary loan services. However, your local public library can provide similar service for you.
Off-Site Access to Databases and Ejournals
Unfortunately, our licenses do not allow alumni access to databases and/or ejournals from off-site.
You are welcome to come to the Libraries and use our databases and other electronic resources on our public computers. Public computers are available in the Learning Commons on the Lower Level in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and on the main level (2nd floor) in the Science & Engineering Library.
Here are a few suggestions:
- We curate a list of open access electronic resources through our Database A-Z list. Click on the link and change the box from All Database Types to Open Access. This will show you all of the resources that are freely available for you to use.
- If you live in Massachusetts, you can get access to databases through the Boston Public Library. You'll need to apply for a Boston Public Library ecard. The databases you can access remotely are listed here.
- If you live in another state, try your local public library (they often have a lot of online resources) or a local academic library with public computers.
- For online journals, try the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
- For online books, try the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) or OAPEN.
We're here to help you with your research and answer any questions you have about the Libraries.