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

The Claire T. Carney Library celebrates Black and African American History Month. 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 a library, tangible action often takes the form of the information we choose to highlight. Below you’ll find links to a selection of library resources by Black authors and scholars.

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” – Frances Wright

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:



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

Library Virtual Book Club – Spring 2022 Titles

Welcome back !  We hope you will join us to discuss more of our excellent titles chosen for this year’s theme: Adventures, Quests, and Treasure Hunts. 

We will be discussing The Princess Bride, by William Goldman via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 15th at 12:30PM. 

Our second book will be Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline via Zoom  on Friday, April 15th at Noon. 

Remember, you can request the books through our Interlibrary Loan Department if you need to borrow a copy (but do it soon for the Princess Bride!):

Please contact Kari Mofford ( for questions, Zoom links, and if you would like to be on our email list.

Position Opening: Web Services Librarian

We are looking for a service-oriented librarian with web design experience to develop and enhance our library user interfaces. This includes the library’s website and blog as well as LibGuides. The Web Services Librarian will be part of a collaborative team and will participate in a variety of new library initiatives. This librarian will lead the library’s usability efforts and will adapt new and existing web tools to improve the library’s online platforms and interfaces.  This position offers the potential for a librarian to grow and develop in the areas of web development and library systems.

Read the full job posting and apply at

Author of Ruthless River to Present at Claire T. Carney Library Associates Event

Come listen to Holly Fitzgerald, author of Ruthless River, guide you through her harrowing adventure. A story of love and survival, Ruthless River, will soon be a movie.

When: December 9, 2021 at 4 PM

Where: Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library.

Audience: Open and free to all

A Q&A and refreshments will follow the program, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at

Therapy Dog to Visit the Library on Dec. 1st

Are you feeling end-of-semester stress? Do you love animals? If so, stop by the Library Living Room this Wednesday from 11 am to Noon and de-stress with Gracie, a cute and friendly therapy dog. Gracie will be visiting the library with her owner, Chris Peter, Assistant Director of the STEM Learning Lab.

When: Wednesday, December 1st from 11 am to Noon

Where: Library Living Room

Questions: Email Kari Mofford at

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

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