To Find

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.

Five Colleges Catalog

You can also use the Books & Media tab to search the Five Colleges catalog. Use Place Request to 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

Use our E-books research guide to see our e-book collections and instructions on downloading, highlighting, and adding notes in different e-book platforms.

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.