In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, SCUA and the UMass Amherst Libraries will be closed until further notice starting March 16th. The latest updates on the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here:

While our reading room is closed, SCUA will make every effort to continue to provide services virtually.

Research and permissions requests

SCUA will continue to monitor our main email address,, and we will do our best to respond to all requests within two business days.

While we are closed, we will be unable to fulfill requests for copies, and we may be unable to answer questions that rely on access to our physical collections, but we will endeavor to help in any way we can with your request.

Class visits

Although we cannot host classes in person, there are many ways we can support courses that had planned to visit SCUA as part of their syllabus. Please contact us at for more information, or email the specific SCUA staff member who had arranged your visit.

Online resources