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  • Frost
  • Music
  • Science
  • Depository
  • Math
  • Center for Russian Culture
  • Folger Shakespeare
  • The Common
Photo taken April 2008?

Robert Frost Library

Frost Library, located on the first-year quad, houses most collections and departments.

Today's hours

8am - 1am

See the detailed hours page for break and holiday hours.

What's here

Frost houses collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as general interest science materials, including books in computer science. Books, CD-ROMs, and bound periodicals are intermingled, and shelved on the top 2 and lower 3 floors of the library. Each floor also has  special materials. Current periodicals and reference materials are on the 1st floor. Current newspapers, microfilm, and microfiche are on the 2nd floor. DVDs and videos are on A-level. Maps are on B-level. Government documents and the Dewey book collection are on C-level. Check the floor plans or ask a staff member for more details. 

Archives & Special Collections, on A-level, hold rare books, collections of special interest, and materials about the history of the college.

Online resources, such as databases, e-books, and e-journals, are also  available. Amherst College faculty, staff, and students can get off-campus access to these resources or use them in the library. In most cases, the general public can use these materials in the library on a walk-in basis.

Frost houses some interesting exhibitions and art with varied Amherst connections.

Loan periods

Loan periods vary by material type.

What's not here

Specialized collections such as music materials, math periodicals, and specialized science literature are held in branch libraries.

Services

The Circulation Desk, just inside the front door, is where you can borrow or return library materials, including reserves, whenever the building is open. 

The Reference Desk answers questions and provides research assistance. Reference is open Sunday-Friday during the semester and Monday-Friday during breaks.

Computers

The A Level computer lab is open whenever Frost is open.   Other computers, printers, and scanners are also available.

Study spaces

Frost offers both quiet and social study areas. Floor plans of Frost are also available.

Staff
Contact info

By mail:
Robert Frost Library, Amherst College
61 Quadrangle Drive
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002

By phone:
(413) 542-2373

By fax:
(413) 542-2662

    Photo taken by Jessica Mestre (AC 2010) in January 2009.

    Morgan Music Library

    The Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building, contains books, journals, scores, and recordings. The Library also has listening equipment for records, cassettes and compact discs. The Music Building does not have an elevator. Library staff members are always willing to page material to be used in the accessible Frost Library.

    Today's hours

    9am - 11pm

    See the detailed hours page for break and holiday hours.

    Location

    The Vincent Morgan Music Library is located on the second floor of the Music Building, just north of the Morris Pratt Dormitory and east of Converse Hall (campus map).

    Morgan Music Library floorplan

    Loan periods

    Loan periods vary by material type.

    Staff
    Contact info

    By phone:
    (413) 542-2387

      Photo taken by Jessica Mestre (AC 2010) in November 2008.

      Keefe Science Library

      Located in the Merrill Science building, Keefe Science Library provides access to core information resources for students, faculty and scholars in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology. The Keefe Science Library contains monographs, recent periodicals and electronic resources in support of the above disciplines organized according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.

      The Five College Library Catalog provides holdings and call numbers for these materials and designates the Keefe Science Library as AC Science Library. Additional resources may be found in the Frost Library and older materials in the Depository.

      Today's hours

      9am - 1am

      See the detailed hours page for break and holiday hours.

      Merrill Science Building

      Location

      The Keefe Science Library is located in the Merrill Science Center on the Amherst College campus.  (campus map).

      Keefe Science Library floorplan

      Services

      All students, faculty and staff of the five colleges may borrow circulating items from the Keefe Science Library. A valid ID is needed to check out books. Books are checked out for four weeks and may be renewed via the online catalog or in person.

      Materials placed on reserve by science faculty might be found at the Reserve Desk of the Frost Library or Keefe Science Library. Check the online catalog for the location.

      Loan periods

      Loan periods vary by material type.

      Staff
      Contact info

      By mail:
      Keefe Science Library, Amherst College
      P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002

      By phone:
      (413) 542-2076

      By fax:
      (413) 542-2662

        Amherst College Depository, August 2012

        Amherst College Depository and Five Colleges Depository

        Located in an old military bunker five miles south of campus, the Amherst College Depository is a remote storage facility for Amherst College owned materials. The Library also participates in the Five College Library Depository which houses lesser-used materials from the libraries of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

        Library material stored at the Depositories tend to be older monographs and journals less frequently consulted. All of these items appear in the online Five Colleges Libraries catalog and are identified as being in the AC Depository or the FC Depository).

        All books are available for loan to all registered Amherst College Library, Five Colleges, and Area Resident borrowers. Requested books are retrieved from the Depository and delivered to the borrower's home library via the Five College Direct (FCD) Borrowing service, generally within three business days. The AC Depository's bound journals circulate only to Amherst College faculty and staff, also via FCD.

        AC Depository journal articles are available to Amherst, Five Colleges, and area resident patrons, and are requested online. Scans can be sent to a Five College email address; photocopies will be sent via campus mail.

        How to request depository materials

        Books Use the "Request Item" feature in the Five College Library Catalog to request books from either depository.

        Articles
        Use the AC Depository Request Form to request articles from the Amherst Depository.
        Use the Five College Depository Article Request Form to request articles from the Five College Library Depository.

          Photo taken June 2008?

          Olds Mathematics Reading Room

          The Olds Math Library/Reading Room is located on the fifth floor of the Seeley G. Mudd building. The fifth floor can be accessed either by the elevator or the stairs in the west portion of the building.

          The Math Reading Room holds periodicals in math and computer science. Materials do not circulate, except by special arrangement, and no photocopier is available in the Math Reading Room. 

          The Reading Room is available to Amherst College patrons during building hours; Five College and Area Resident borrowers please inquire at Frost Library for assistance.

          Math books may be found at the Science Library. Computer science books are on C-level of the Frost Library.

            Center for Russian Culture

            Center for Russian Culture

            Located on the second floor of Webster Hall, the Center for Russian Culture is a non-circulating collection of rare Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers, and periodicals.

              Folger Shakespeare Library at dusk


              Folger Shakespeare Library

              Henry Clay Folger graduated from Amherst College in 1879 and left the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC in the care of the Trustees of Amherst College when he died in 1930. Amherst College students are encouraged to apply for Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowships.  See a list of Folger Fellows and learn more about about the Folger.

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                The Common

                Amherst College is one of the world’s premier writing colleges and boasts an enviable literary history. The Common, a professional, award-winning literary journal based at the College, upholds this legacy by publishing literature and art from around the world in handsome print and digital editions.