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.

Previously called the Five College Depository, the name was changed to Five College Library Repository Collection to better reflect the nature of the Collection and the two locations where it is now housed for use by the Five Colleges Library patrons. 

Access Basics

  • Faculty members, staff members, students with a valid Five College library card may request journal articles via their home library Interlibrary Loan department.
  • 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 (monographs or articles) or via this online article request form. Journals and serials from the FCLRC may circulate only to Five College libraries or the libraries of Affiliate members.
  • On-site access to FCLRC materials is also possible at the FCLRC facilities by appointment. All appointments must be made in advance and cannot be made upon arrival at FCLRC facilities. 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, please consult the Library Repository Collection policies.

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 facilities:  Affectionately known as "the Bunker" the original collection facility is located at 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.

The new Five College Library Annex is located at 202 Plain Road in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Currently FCLRC materials shelved there may be paged from that facility via Interlibrary Loan or in special circumstances, and by appointment only, for on-site use at the Bunker in Amherst, MA. Beginning in the Fall of 2020, materials shelved at the Five College Library Annex may be used on-site by appointment.

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.

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

Contact Information, (413) 542-2865; or
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