Five College Library Depository

The Five College Library Depository (FCLD) collection is a set of lesser-used materials drawn from the libraries of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst for which the libraries have adopted a long-term shared retention agreement. The FCLD collection also serves needs of Affiliate Members and may accept contributions to enhance the collection from them. All materials in the FCLD collection are listed in the Joint Online Library Catalog.

  • Faculty members, staff members, students and community users with a valid Five College library card may request journal articles via an online article request form.
  • Faculty members, staff members and students affiliated with a Five College library may request books directly through the "Request Item" function of the Joint Online Library Catalog.
  • Anyone else may request items via the Interlibrary Loan services of the person's primary library.  Journals and serials from the FCLD may circulate only to Five College libraries or the libraries of Affiliate members.

On-site access to materials FCLD collection is also possible at the FCLD facility by appointment. Please use the contact information below to make arrangements.

For more detailed access information, please consult our access instructions.

For more information about the policies of FCLD refer to links on the left side of this page.

Operating hours of the current FCLD facility: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, observing Five Colleges, Incorporated holidays (e.g., New Year's Day, MLK Birthday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas -- for details see the Five College Holiday Calendar elswhere on the FCI website). 

Current location of the FCLD faclity:  west end of Military Road, off Route 116 at The Notch, South Amherst, MA. Click here for map and directions.  Materials are stored in compact shelving in a climate controlled area of a former Strategic Air Command Bunker currently owned by Amherst College.

Contact Information, (413) 542-2865; or
view the directory.