Five College Consortium

Five College Library Repository Collection (formerly Five College Library Depository)

The Five College Library Repository Collection (FCLRC) 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 FCLRC also serves needs of Affiliate Members and may accept contributions to enhance the collection from them (the FCLRC is not presently accepting offers of unbound materials from Affliate Members). All materials in the FCLRC 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 FCLRC may circulate only to Five College libraries or the libraries of Affiliate members.

On-site access to materials FCLRC is also possible at the FCLRC facilities 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 FCLRC refer to links on the left side of this page.

For more information about the FCLRC Affiliates program, including how to join as an Affiliate or details of policies governing Affliates, contact Neal Abraham, Executive Director, Five Colleges, Incorporated

Operating hours of the current FCLRC 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 FCLRC facility:  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.