The Carceral Commonwealth/La mancomunidad carcelaria 1/22/18

Browse the Mezzanine Gallery to explore the impact of incarceration on families, juveniles, and people of color. Learn how groups are advocating for change for those living behind bars. On display through February 17th.

Explore la Galería Mezzanine para explorar el impacto del encarcelamiento en las familias, los menores y las personas de color. Conozca cómo los grupos defienden el cambio para quienes viven tras las rejas. En exhibición hasta el 17 de febrero.


On Monday, November 27th, join us in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for a reception and hors d'oeuvres from 4 to 5 p.m., and for the I Belong dialogue from 5 to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

Olive Odyssey

You are invited to an olive oil tasting and book odyssey in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. Chemistry professor Patricia O’Hara will discuss the exotic realms of olives and olive oil, and the circuitous journey that propelled her and her colleagues through Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece, South Africa and Australia. Join us for a tale of travel that evolved into the book The Chemical Story of Olive Oil: From Grove to Table. Refreshments will be served!

Spring Book Party

Join us in Frost Library’s Friendly Reading Room on Tuesday, March 7 at 4:30 as we celebrate the publication of new books written by College faculty. Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College, will discuss Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Essential Texts. Steve Simon, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of History, will discuss The Pragmatic Superpower: Winning the Cold War in the Middle East. Tom Zanker, Assistant Professor of Classics, will discuss Greek and Latin Expressions of Meaning: The Classical Origins of a Modern Metaphor.

Selections from the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection
Amherst College now holds one of the largest collections of published work by Native American authors anywhere in the country. A small sample of the more than 2,300 books in this collection is on display on the A-Level foyer, right outside of our Archives & Special Collections.

Shakespeare at Amherst
In May 2016, Amherst College hosted an exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623) from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The current exhibition in Archives & Special Collections features rare books donated by Henry Clay Folger (AC 1879) and others; Emily Dickinson manuscripts in which she mentions Shakespeare; Shakespeare materials drawn from the Samuel French Collections; and a bit of the history of the Folger Shakespeare Library, which Henry Clay Folger left in his will to the Trustees of Amherst College.

Zotero Fall Workshops
Registration is open for fall Zotero workshops!  Sign up for one of these dates:

Monday, September 26th from 4-5 pm
Wednesday, September 28th from 2-3 pm
Monday, October 3rd from 11-noon
Tuesday, October 4th from 2-3 pm
Wednesday, October 12th from 11-noon

You are also welcome to make an individual appointment with a Research & Instruction librarian to learn more about Zotero and how to use it for your research.

Student Library Advisory Board Meeting
All Amherst College students are invited to the year's first meeting of the Student Library Advisory Board on Wednesday, 9/21 from 5-6 p.m. in Frost Library. This group meets monthly with library staff to inform library services, resources, events and policies. As a student on the advisory board, you'll gain valuable leadership, service and research experience. Dinner will be provided! RSVPs are encouraged:

Sounds like a plan: Thesis Workshop
September 29, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Frost Library, 211 (CHI conference room)
Congratulations! You've been approved to pursue an honors thesis. Now what? Planning an academic project of this scale can challenge even the most organized and well-prepared students. In this workshop, we will guide writers through the processes of mapping out the thesis project to begin to develop a clear, tenable research plan and a timeline in which to execute it. We'll also discuss some of the habits for productivity and creativity that can help you make steady, incremental progress. Taught by Jessica Kem(Writing Center associate director) and Blake Doherty (research, instruction, and outreach librarian). Advance registration is required.

Monthly Book Display: September - College! / New Beginnings
Welcome (back) to college! Library staff and students have selected a variety of books and films about college and/or new beginnings. See one you like? Use your Amherst ID (which is also your library card) to check it out!