Five College Library Repository Collection
The Five College Library Repository Collection (FCLRC) includes about 820,000 items—primarily periodicals, serials, and books drawn from the Five College libraries and affiliate members.
About the Repository Collection
The items in the Repository Collection circulate infrequently but retain intellectual and research value. The Collection is housed at two locations: the Bunker in Amherst and the Library Annex in Hatfield.
In the late 1990s, Amherst College acquired “the Bunker,” a former U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command Base built into the side of Mount Holyoke, four miles from the campus. An ideal location for off-site storage of library materials, the Bunker became home to the Five College Library Depository in November 2002 when library materials were first shipped there. In the 10,000 square feet reserved for Five Colleges, the Bunker now holds more than 500,000 volumes of materials shelved compactly by size, rather than call number.
As the Bunker approached its storage limit about a decade later, the Five College Librarians Council began to explore options for expanding the capacity of the Five College Library Depository.
In 2014, Five Colleges Board of Directors approved the acquisition of land for the construction and operation of a new storage facility to house at least two million volumes of library material. Three years later, in May of 2017, the Five College Library Annex opened in Hatfield. With 26,000 square feet of storage space, a high-density storage method is used to house the material there.
When the Annex opened, the name “Five College Library Depository” was retired and “Five College Library Repository Collection” was adopted. The Repository Collection became the umbrella term for materials held at two locations: the Bunker and the Annex.
Affiliate Library Program
The Five College Library Repository Collection preserves a single print copy of selected journals available in commercially digitized collections. This trusted repository serves as a secure backup for the Five College libraries and for affiliate library members.
The Five College Library Repository Collection Affiliate Library Program currently includes these collections: ACS Legacy Archives; Royal Society of Chemistry; American Physical Society; APA Journals; Institute of Physics; JSTOR; and Project Muse.
For an annual fee, affiliate libraries gain access to a set of valuable benefits. We welcome new affiliate library members. View the sample agreement to learn more about the program benefits and fees.
Repository Collection Policies
The Five College Library Repository Collection (FCLRC) is governed by the Five College Librarians Council as articulated in the FCLRC policies.
Employees of Five Colleges, Incorporated operate the two locations where the Repository Collection is housed.
Catalog and Traying Project
Five Colleges is seeking proposals for the Library Repository Collection Cataloging and Traying Project. The project entails cataloging approximately 2500 volumes of library materials, placing the volumes into book trays, and placing the trays onto shelves.
Repository Collection Materials
Contact the Repository Collection Manager about materials in the collection, and for inquiries related to the Bunker.
Contact the Five College Messenger for inquiries related to transportation of materials among the campuses.
Repository Collection Operations
Contact the Director of Operations for inquiries related to the Repository Collection staff, operations, and facilities, including the Five College Library Annex. The Five College Librarians Council can be reached by contacting the Director of Operations.