To Find

Amherst%20College%20Catalog  Amherst Catalog

Search the Amherst catalog by keyword, title, author, or subject using the Books & Media tab on the homepage. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out.

If something's in the Depository, request it be sent here.

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 Five Colleges Catalog

You can also use the Books & Media tab to search the Five Colleges catalog. Use request icon  to log in with your barcode and have an item sent via Five College Delivery (1-2 business days).



For even more, use WorldCat to search for and request items from libraries nationwide. Use Check for Full Text at the top of a record to get to the Interlibrary Loan option, or go directly to the library's Request Service to make your request (7-10 days).

E-book Collections

All of our e-books are included in the catalog (instead of a call number and availability, you'll see a link to Connect from Amherst College), but you can also search full text in the collections below.

ACLS Humanities E-Book  Over 1,700 scholarly books, searchable full text

African Writers Series Complete texts of the Heinemann's African Writers Series

Cambridge Companions Complete Collection  Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars

E-books (EBSCO/NetLibrary) Our legacy NetLibrary collection with hundreds of texts from a range of presses, primarily from 2000-01

ebrary Multidisciplinary e-book collection from leading university presses and academic publishers

EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700) Full text of over 125,000 titles

Gale Virtual Reference Library 70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more

Oxford Reference Online 100+ reference books from Oxford Univ. Press plus key titles from Oxford Companions series

Springer eBook Collection Multidisciplinary e-book collection providing access to most titles published since 2005

Internet Archive texts Over a million freely available ebooks, or try the e-book lending library at Open Library

Hathi Trust Digital library with 2 million books in the public domain, plus search of restricted titles

Google Books

Other Catalogs

Folger Shakespeare Library

Jones Library (Amherst public library)

Center for Research Libraries

Library of Congress

Europe's National Libraries

To use

DVDs and other media

There are film viewing stations near the media collection on A Level of Frost.

Have a film from a different region (international)?
Region codes are used to control the international distribution of material. DVD players are often region-locked, meaning they can only play DVDs encoded with certain regions. Region 1 is Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico. International films are often not playable on DVD players in the United States.

  • Most computers on the A Level lab are capable of playing non-region 1 DVDs.
  • The only DVD player/TV setup that can play non-region 1 DVDs is on the AV cart in the back corner of the film collection.
  • The Station 3 VCR is capable of playing videotapes from any region in the world.

Note:  All stations are controlled by identical remotes.  It is possible that using one remote at one station will interact with equipment at other stations.  Hold the remote within 4” of the word “Sony” at the bottom of the screen to minimize interference.

  • Pick up a remote at the Frost Circulation Desk on the main floor.
  • Press “Eject” on the Sony Blu-ray deck to open the tray and insert a disc.  Pressing this button also powers on the screen.
  • Press “Play” on the remote to start the film.  Use other buttons on the remote to advance chapters, etc.
  • Press “Eject” on the Blu-ray deck to remove the disc at the end of viewing.
  • Press “Off” on the remote to turn off the Blu-ray deck and the screen.

For Station 3:  Use the “Input” button on the remote to select source of either Blu-ray or World Wide video (WW VCR) for videotapes.