Human Resources

College Facilities and Services

Identification cards are required for use of all College facilities.

Athletic Events

Sporting event tickets at reduced prices are available for all College employees. Tickets may be obtained at the Alumni Gymnasium building.

Athletic Facilities

The athletic facilities on the Amherst College campus are available to Amherst College employees. Schedules for the swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, fitness center, skating rink, and indoor tracks are published periodically by the Athletic Department along with a listing of courses offered each semester. For further information, contact the Athletic Department.

A partial subsidy (approximately 40 percent) toward individual membership dues at the Amherst Golf Club, a corporation separate from Amherst College, is available to regular employees of Amherst College, both presently employed, or retired. Membership in the Amherst Golf Club is subject to the rules and membership limits of the organization. Information on these athletic facilities should be obtained from the Athletic Department.


The Woodside Children's Center is a separate private, non-profit childcare facility located in a Victorian home near the Amherst College campus. The center provides childcare services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with priority in admissions for Amherst College employees and students. For further information call (413) 253-2604.

The Little Red Schoolhouse is a separate, private, non-profit preschool located on the Amherst Campus. The preschool provides morning preschool with a limited number of spots reserved for the children of Amherst College employees and students. For further information call (413) 253-5259.

Computer Purchases

A loan for the purchase of computer equipment may be arranged and paid for through payroll deduction. Details of the program are available through the Information Technology Page.

Credit Union

Amherst College staff and their families are eligible to participate in the services provided by the UMass/Five College Federal Credit Union. Arrangements for membership can be made through the Office of Human Resources or by contacting the credit union office directly. More information is available in the Office of Human Resources.

Dining Facilities

The use of the Lewis-Sebring Commons, the Coffee House at the Campus Center and Valentine Hall are available to all employees. Vending machines are located in the major buildings on campus. All regular staff may have purchases deducted from payroll by using their ID card at these locations. Contact Dining Services for hours of operation.

Health Services

The College Health Services are available to employees on a limited basis during the academic year. It provides emergency medical care and, during designated hours, blood pressure monitoring for those employees whose family physician has required it.

Identification Cards

All regular employees are eligible to obtain Amherst College identification cards. Casual employees who have worked a minimum of one year and an average of at least 500 hours in the preceding fiscal year will receive a College identification card that will allow them access to Robert Frost Library and Alumni Gym and discounted meals in Valentine Dining Hall. All other casual employees will be issued a College identification card that will allow them access to Robert Frost Library and discounted meals in Valentine Dining Hall.

All new regular employees and current regular employees who have lost their cards may obtain the Amherst College ID form from the Office of Human Resources. The employee must take this form to Dining Services to have a photo ID processed. Pictures are taken Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Loan privileges for books, DVDs and music may be obtained at Frost Library.


The Museum of Natural History, the Mead Art Gallery, the Emily Dickinson Museum and The Homestead and The Evergreens and the Planetarium in Morgan Hall are available to visitors at posted hours.

Mailing Lists

College mail, e-mail and/or College mailing lists may be used only for official College business or for mailings sponsored or endorsed by the College.

Notary Services

Notary service is available on campus. The Office of Human Resources has a list of authorized notaries public.

The College Ombudsperson

The ombudsperson at Amherst College is an objective and confidential resource that exists to help faculty, administrators and staff explore concerns and receive assistance in resolving conflicts.  With the goal of ensuring that all members of the faculty, administrators and staff receive fair and equitable treatment, the ombudsperson listens to concerns and can help visitors identify and explore acceptable solutions that meet the needs of both the visitor and the institution.

Parking Permits

A parking permit must be obtained from Campus Police for vehicles to be parked on campus. Employees may park vehicles in any unrestricted area. The Office of Human Resources will issue an application for the permit.


All employees of the College receive the following publications: Amherst Magazine and Amherst College Calendar & News. These publications include announcements about a wide variety of activities as well as news of interest to the campus.