Research Support

Get started with your research by searching for books (including e-books), articles, Archives & Special Collections material, digitized images, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our research guides, stop by the reference desk with any questions, or make an appointment to meet with a librarian. Staying to do research this summer? Check out our workshops and activities just for you.

  • Students with current email accounts may access all Amherst online resources from off-campus at any time.
  • Five College students with email accounts may access all course-related materials and research resources from off-campus during the semester of their Amherst enrollment.

A variety of study spaces are available, including group studies for two or more people.

Course Reserves

Course reserves are online and physical materials (textbooks, DVDs, CDs) required for your courses that the Library makes available to you. Find course reserves using your course Moodle page for online material or the Reserves search box at for physical material. You can check out physical materials for short-term loans (4 hours for books). Books for STEM courses are on reserve in the Science Library, for Humanities/Social Sciences courses in Frost, and for Music in the Music Library.


Thesis Support

** See our updated services guide to learn more about requesting and using material, including information for remote thesis support. Contact us with any questions. We're here to support you! 

Check out our Thesis Support guide, then make an appointment with a subject librarian to kick off your research.

  • Zotero is a freely available tool that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's installed on all campus computer lab machines and is freely available to download on your own computer. Look for library workshops on Zotero in fall and during Interterm.
  • Check our Citation and Zotero guide for help with all the major style manuals, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
  • The Writing Center is available to help at any stage of the process.
  • The Q Center (Moss Quantitative Center) offers statistical consulting for thesis writers provided by the Mathematics and Statistics Department.

A variety of study spaces are available, including group studies for two or more people.


If you don't find what you need for your research (or you think it's something Amherst should have) in Discover, a Research & Instruction librarian can help you decide if a purchase request is a better option than interlibrary loan.

Overdue Notices

  • New in 2022: No more overdue fines!
  • All notices (recall, overdue, etc.) are sent by email to your official address (or home campus email for Five Colleges students).
  • Please note that while we no longer apply overdue fees on reserve material or recalled items (except for computer and iPhone chargers), we do monitor late returns of these items and you will be billed a replacement fee. This fee is credited back to your account when the item is returned.
  • The replacement charge for long overdue items is $85.00.
  • Special Overdue Policy for Computer and iPhone Chargers: Computer and iPhone Chargers are always in high-demand. They are loaned for 4 hours at a time. The full replacement cost will be charged if the item is not returned within 7 days ($125 for Computer Chargers; $85 for iPhone Chargers). After these 7 days, we will be deleting the item from our system, and you will be billed through Student Accounts with no reimbursement given, even if the charger is returned. The replacement bill will be canceled if the item is returned within 7 days.

Contact Circulation at (413) 542-2373 or with questions about lost or billed items.