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New students: welcome to the library!
The Amherst College Library combines the best of old and new -- books, journals, and manuscripts as well as music, DVDs, and a wide selection of databases and other resources on the Web. You don't have to know libraries to use the Amherst College Library; staff are always there to help. Get to know the Library and find out what the Library can do for you at Amherst College.
Discover at the library:
- Help from the experts: Contact Us or come to Reference or make a research appointment or telephone (413)542-2319.
- Lots of study spaces: tables, comfortable chairs, group study rooms, computer stations, and dim or brightly lit corners in which to curl up with a book or a laptop.
- Computers with full office productivity software and more.
- Wireless access to the Amherst College network with your own laptop.
- A strong historical and contemporary collection of books and print journals, over a million volumes, all organized by subject and easy to find in the Library. Even more books are available from Five College Libraries.
- A vast array of electronic journals, indexes and databases for finding articles on many subjects, online reference sources, images and more digital sources.
- Rare and unusual books and periodicals, manuscripts, and College history in Archives and Special Collections
- Special branch libraries: the Keefe Science Library, the Vincent Morgan Music Library, Visual Resources and the Olds Mathematics Library.
- Required reading and video for courses: Check the library catalog for books on Reserve in the Library. Logon to My Amherst for electronic reserves and video. (09/02/08)
Greetings to new faculty
The Library welcomes new Amherst College faculty and urges them to check out services to faculty to learn about borrowing privileges, course reserves, the advantages of Five College library cooperation, interlibrary loans, and so much more. (09/02/08)
New library website
In addition to an updated look and feel, the new website offers increased functionality. You can:
- see a list of new books in any subject area
- check today's library hours at a glance (to your right!)
- use the Quick Search widget from any page (specialized search engines for library content)
- search the library catalog from anywhere on the College website (using the Campus Tools in the upper right corner)
- find out what the Library can do for you — My Services and Request Forms
- enjoy more dynamic images (we heard how tired you were of the old ones!)
- take advantage of Web 2.0 features — for example, you can comment on the site.
- contact us if you have problems, suggestions, feedback(08/26/08)
New library website!
The new website went live on August 19, 2008. The library webteam worked on this redesign and transition to a content management system (CMS) for over a year and a half. Library webteam membership as of launch was:
Susan Edwards, Chair
Ben Mears '11
We worked closely with the Library Information Technology Group, the College Web Services Group , the CMS Oversite Group, and the College Web Designer. A website is a dynamic "product" -- it will continue to grow, change, and hopefully improve. We welcome your feedback. (08/19/08)
Oscar Lanza-Galindo wins national library scholarship!
Oscar is currently Public Services Associate in the Amherst College Library, and the scholarship is to support his master's degree in library and information studies. Oscar's goal as a librarian is to provide guidance and support on many levels to minority students and allies, as well as first-generation students. (~08/15/08)
New digital resource on slavery and abolition
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice: 1490-2007 brings together material from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. It documents the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today through many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images. (08/10/08)
Scheduled downtime: Scopus & ScienceDirect
From 05:30 EDT on Saturday August 2, to 01:30 EDT on Sunday August 3, ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to an upgrade that will improve the access and entitlements process to both platforms. We apologize for any inconvenience. (08/02/08)
Library job openings
- Head of Archives and Special Collections: leader of one of the country’s premier archives and special collections departments in an undergraduate institution. More
- Technical Services Associate/Cataloging: produce catalog records for library materials using an international (OCLC) and a local Five-College online cataloging system (Aleph). More(08/01/08)