On October 5, 1994, the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts voted to name the main library at the Amherst campus in honor of W.E.B. Du Bois.
In 1903 W.E.B. Du Bois wrote:
A University is a human invention for the transmission of knowledge and culture from generation to generation, through the training of quick minds and pure hearts, and for this work no other human invention will suffice…
From Trustee Document T94-096:
“As we march into the Twenty First Century we feel that it is time to go beyond the colorline and appropriately name the tower library in honor of one of the finest heroes, not only of Massachusetts but of the world–William Edward Burghardt Du Bois.”
Dedication events, February 20-23, 1996, included student and faculty teach-in activities on the life and times of W.E.B. Du Bois; a concert of spirituals and readings from The Souls of Black Folk, arranged by Professor Horace Boyer; a lecture by David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winning author of W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1909; a dedication ceremony in Special Collections and Archives; and a convocation celebrating the life of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the awarding of honorary degrees to Herbert Aptheker, Rachel Robinson, and Randall Robinson.