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Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future

This two-day symposium will provide a unique platform that brings together nation-wide scholars, industry professionals and passionate citizens with an interest in concrete Brutalist architecture and preservation of the architectural icons. The symposium’s goal is to create a dynamic, cross-disciplinary conversation among all participants on how we may conserve and provide stewardship of our buildings for the future. Participants can attend professional workshops and scholarly lectures, tour the campuses, and engage with local artists and community activists in public events.

Day 1 of the two-day collaborative symposium will be held in the Claire T. Carney University Library’s Stoico/FIRSTFED Grand Reading Room. The program is available at

October 18th is the last day to register. UMass faculty and regional college students can register at Others should register at

Library To Be Open Later Starting September 26th

Do you need a place to study late at night? The Claire T. Carney Library is extending its hours Sunday through Thursday until 1 AM. So feel free to settle in and get some work done!

Standard Library Hours Starting Sunday, September 26th

Sundays 3 PM to 1 AM
Mondays 7:30 AM to 1 AM
Tuesdays 7:30 AM to 1 AM
Wednesdays 7:30 AM to 1 AM
Thursdays 7:30 AM to 1 AM
Fridays 7:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturdays 1 PM to 9 PM

You can always find up-to-date library hours, including holidays and other exceptions, at

Announcing the Publication of PLCS 33: Ocean Crossings

We are pleased to announce that Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (PLCS) 33, “Ocean Crossings,” is now available! You can find this issue as well as all back issues available for free on the journal’s website.

The theme of the seas has long been a central topic in scholarship on the Lusophone world, but more recent research has invested ocean crossings with new relevance and urgency. Instead of focusing on the stereotypical ocean crossings of the Portuguese maritime expansion, this special issue brings together a diversity of approaches focused on the “less obvious” sea mobilities within the Lusophone world, those associated with labor, brutality, precariousness, and indentured migration. Included in this volume are discussions of racialization, migration, colonialism, and labor.

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Cultures ‘s Tagus Press publishes its electronic version of PLCS on the library’s journal hosting platform.

Claire T. Carney Library Building Access

UPDATE: Due to a planned water shutdown, the library building will be closed on July 6th. It will re-open to the public on Wednesday, July 7th.

Beginning Tuesday, July 6th, the library will re-open to the public! UMass Pass ID cards will no longer be needed for admittance. Visitors may enter the building M-F, 7:30 am to 6 pm (summer hours). We look forward to seeing everyone again!

South Reading Room - Just Before the Opening - Sept 2012

Questions about hours? Call 508-999-8750

The Claire T. Carney Library celebrates Black and African American History Month

The Claire T. Carney Library celebrates Black and African American History Month while acknowledging that the events of 2020 cast a long shadow. We celebrate the election of Vice President Kamala Harris, and mourn the losses of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many more who were taken too soon to witness such a historic achievement. We honor a past filled with achievements and boundary-breaking while acknowledging that these boundaries were put in place by our nation’s forefathers and elected officials. We celebrate Black excellence, past, present, and future, knowing that there is more work to be done. As Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, says in her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” which she recited during January’s presidential inauguration:

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’t mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us

As a library, tangible action often takes the form of the information we choose to highlight, and we are committed to amplifying and celebrating Black voices not only this month, but year-round. Below you’ll find links to a selection of library resources by Black authors and scholars.



The Claire T. Carney library is open to faculty, staff, and students. Our print book Black History Month display is located near the library entrance and includes:

  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis
  • Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall
  • Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System – Tina K. Sacks
  • Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter – Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith
  • They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement – Wesley Lowery
  • Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America – Joe William Trotter Jr.
  • eBooks with no wait from the Boston Public Library

Access even more books with a BPL eCard or via your public library:

ComCat is Back Online – Request Material Directly from MA Libraries

We are pleased to announce that UMass Dartmouth faculty, staff and students can once again borrow material through the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat)!

Through ComCat, you can request books, dvds, and music from hundreds of libraries statewide. Most public libraries participate as do a few universities such as UMass Dartmouth, UMass Amherst, and Bridgewater State University. The catalog is a  great place to search for popular books, dvds, and music. Make a request and it will be delivered right to UMass Dartmouth for quick pickup.

Questions? Email

Announcing Access to Westlaw Campus Research

Thanks to our colleagues at the Law Library, all students, faculty, and staff now have access to Westlaw Campus Research. This database provides access to all federal and states cases; federal statutes and regulations; news sources; law journals; and business content to include Hoover’s Company Records, SEC filings, and a Company Investigator tool. 

If you have questions about using Westlaw, please contact your librarian liaison or one of the law school librarians.

UMassD Votes!

Election Day is on November 3, and UMassD Votes volunteers and your librarians want to make sure that everyone in our campus community who is eligible to vote can vote. UMassD Votes put together a very informative page where you can find information about registering, checking your registration status, applying for absentee or mail-in ballots, and finding your polling place. Information is available for residents of all states, not just Massachusetts. The deadline to register in Massachusetts is October 28. In Rhode Island, it’s October 4. Remember, mail is slower than usual these days, allow yourself as much time as possible if you are mailing in your application or ballot.

No matter your current registration status, head over to the UMassD TurboVote page to get help, sign up for important reminders, and/or let us know you are already registered and plan to vote. Your personal information and political affiliation will not be collected, we just want to know how many UMassD students are planning to vote. If you note that you need help, someone will be in touch.

If you are on campus, the library has Massachusetts registration applications and ballot information. Stop by to pick one up soon! Remember to wear a mask and bring your UMassPass to swipe into the building.

When combined, Millennials and Gen Z make up the highest percentage of eligible voters for the first time ever! Voting is our right. Let’s all exercise it for ourselves, and for those who cannot. Head to the polls in person or via mail this November!

You Need a UMass Pass ID for Certain Library Services

Do you have your UMass Pass ID (i.e., your student ID)? If not, please consider registering for one. You’ll find instructions at You can also contact the UMass Pass Office at 508-999-8134 or

Recently, we’ve received several questions from students unable to sign in to our catalog (also known as Primo). In all cases, these students had not yet registered for their UMass Pass.

New students typically get their UMass Pass IDs when they come to campus. Of course, this semester most students are working remotely and many have not yet applied for their IDs. If you’re one of these students, please consider getting your ID.

When you register for a UMass Pass, you will automatically get a library account. This will allow you check out physical materials from the library and to sign in to the library’s catalog. You’ll be able to manage your library account and to submit interlibrary loan and document delivery requests using a link in the catalog.

If you have questions about accessing library resources, please email