W. E. B. DuBois Library

Amherst

Height296 feet
Floors26
Year1974
Architectsn/a

About W. E. B. DuBois Library

The W. E. B. Du Bois Library is one of the three libraries of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts (the others are the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library and the Music Reserve Lab). The library is the main campus library with resources primarily humanities and social and behavioral sciences. At 26 stories and 296 feet (90.32 m) tall, it is the tallest library in the United States and the 23rd-tallest educational building in the world. Built in 1974, it houses the memoirs and papers of the distinguished African-American scholar, writer, and activist W. E. B. Du Bois and is also the depository for other important collections, such as the papers of Silvio O. Conte. The library is a federal depository library. The library also offers several computer labs and a tutoring center. The bottom floor of the tower houses the Learning Commons which contains many free Windows and Macintosh computers for student use, Wi-Fi, group study rooms, help desks, and a Writing Center where students can get tips on writing papers. Some of the lower floors also have quiet study areas equipped with Wi-Fi and spacious study tables.

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