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Lockwood Memorial Library

Lockwood Library is the University's premiere research library in the Social Sciences and Humanities. It is home to the University Libraries' Graduate Library which consists of a portion of the Arts and Sciences collections including Business & Government Documents Reference Center, East Asian Studies Information Resources, Microform collections, the OrCathA Collection (American Orthodox Catholic Alliance), and the Polish Room. Lockwood also houses the Libraries' Central Technical Services (responsible for the Libraries' aquisitions, cataloging, and mail delivery). The six story building has a seating capacity of 2,100, and is capable of holding over 900,000 volumes on thirty miles of shelves. For more information and photographs, see the online exhibit, 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of Lockwood Memorial Library


When the graduate library for the social sciences and the humanities was designed for the new campus in Amherst, the Lockwood Memorial Library name was transferred to the new building in recognition of the original 1929 gift of $500,000 from Thomas B. Lockwood (1873-1947) and Marion Birge Lockwood (1881-1932) for the construction of the original Lockwood Memorial Library in memory of their in memory of their fathers, Daniel N. Lockwood and George K. Birge.

History and Chronology

  • 1978 -- (June 12) Opened
  • 1979 -- (April 19) Dedication

Building and Construction Information

Architects: Harry Weese & Associates of Chicago / Anthony Carlino & Associates of Buffalo
Cost: $9,374,000
Size: 237,315 sq. ft.