Organize your thesis research

Come learn how Zotero can help you organize your research. Find out how you can:

  • keep track of all those PDFs
  • cite sources in your paper
  • create bibliographies in a flash

We'll hold several training sessions over the upcoming months. Come check it out! (10/1/09)

Library Participates in Five College Africa Day

Robert Frost Library is hosting an exhibition of students' photographs from Africa to mark Five College Africa Day, which taks place this year on the Amherst College campus, on Saturday, October 3. Come take part inthe activities of Africa Day with students, faculty, and staff from all Five Colleges.  The festivities will start with drumming on the steps of the Robert Frost Library (weather permitting). (10/1/09)

Recent acquisitions

Life cover 1952
  • Access World News, a collection of over 4,000 newspapers in electronic form. This searchable database - accessible from any networked computer on or off campus - includes thousands of local American papers, and hundreds more from around the world, with their latest issues and backfiles, for the most part, to around 2000.
  •  Cambridge Histories Online, nearly 300 titles in this eminent and authoritative series of national, regional, and thematic histories, in computerized, searchable form.
  • LIFE Magazine, 1936-1972, a complete print-format run of this extraordinary photojournalistic record of the mid-20th Century; heretofore, the Library has only owned a microfilm version. [xAP2 L547/Level 3/Frost]

Romer book launch in the Library!

Everyone is invited to a book launch for Bob Romer (Amherst '52), Emeritus Professor of Physics and local historian, whose "Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts" is just out from Levellers Press. This is the first history of slavery in western Massachusetts, where the institution was much more pervasive in the 17th and 18th centuries than most people realize. This work brings out of obscurity the many black slaves who lived in the Valley at that time.

The event, on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m., in the Friendly Periodicals Room on the main floor of the Robert Frost Library, will feature light refreshments and a brief presentation by the author. Copies of the book will be on sale. (9/18/09)

Music Books on the March

Frost Library welcomes books from the overcrowded Vincent Morgan Music Library.  Monographs with the classification ML have been moved from the Music Library to the second floor of the main library. This shift will leave more room for the remaining Music Reference, scores, recordings – and Music students and faculty. (~8/24/09)

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.  Learn more about all the collections, facilities and services you will get at the Library! (9/8/09)

Orientation event: "Traditions and History of Amherst College"


This Sunday, August 30, from 5-7 p.m., stop by in Archives and Special Collections (Frost, level A) to learn about and celebrate the College's storied history. Peruse scrapbooks and campus publications, listen to Robert Frost readings and songs from college music clubs, learn about old traditions and much more!

Light refreshments will be served. The entire Amherst community is welcome!