The Amherst College Library welcomes all visitors—regardless of their affiliation or lack of affiliation with the college—so long as they abide by its policies. All visitors may use the library's print and electronic collections, computing facilities, and study spaces.
Area Resident Borrowers consist of adult residents of the state of Massachusetts who live in Hampshire County or one of the four immediately adjacent counties. Area Resident Borrowers may check out print books from the Amherst College Library after receiving an Amherst College Library card.
To receive a card, borrowers must present a Massachusetts picture ID (either a driver's license or a Mass ID). The same picture ID must be presented each time the library card is used to check out books. Patrons must have a card in hand to charge out books and are responsible for all items charged out with their card. Cards expire on January 1st of the coming year and may be renewed annually. Area residents must provide a current email address so that they may receive notices of recall and overdue.
The Amherst College Library welcomes summer programs and visitors. Please be aware, however, that Amherst College has no summer session. The Library reduces its hours and some of its services during this time.
Everyone is welcome to use our list of freely available resources.
Residents may check out books from the circulating collection at Frost Library and Keefe Science Library. For music materials, please contact Ann Maggs, the Music Library Specialist. Items housed at the Amherst College Depository may be requested through the Five College Library catalog or directly through the depository request form; they will be delivered to the Frost Circulation Desk. Items in the Course Reserve Collection can also be borrowed briefly, provided the needs of the class have been met. There is a limit of 25 loans at any one time for resident borrowers.
Many public libraries provide access to electronic resources within their library and remotely. Contact your local public library for more information or check their website; you should also check with your local public library for any Interlibrary Loan needs. Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of subscription online databases through the Boston Public Library, using a BPL e-card.
Certain materials may only be used by Area Resident Borrowers while in the library: periodicals, DVDs/videos, scores and recordings, and the library's non-circulating collections (which includes all materials from Archives & Special Collections).