Take a Closer Look at Possible Venues

While some of our spaces are well used, some are more obscure. The pages that follow will provide a photographic description of some of our venues. Make sure you review the list to the left to garner all possibilities.

Checklists: Before, During and After Your Event

Before the Event
  • Recheck — One week before the event, check all arranged services to make sure your requests are in place and exactly as you wish. Check with the speaker’s office as well.

Ensuring Maximum Participation


Decide whether your event is open to Amherst faculty, staff and students; Five College faculty, staff and students; or the general public. Plan your publicity accordingly.

Determining Space Needs

What type of audience do you hope to draw? Younger or older, students, faculty or staff, families, Five College students, faculty or staff, the general public? How many do you expect to attend? What kind of atmosphere does your event call for? A poetry reading may need a relaxed, living-room-type space; a science audience may need a lab; a lecture with video presentation may need a good viewing screen. Media needs can sometimes dictate the type of space you will need.

Scheduling Your Event

Selecting a Date, Time and Length for the Event

Arranging On-Site Services

Amherst College has a variety of support services available to assist with your event. Book them early (usually at least two weeks) by telephone, and always follow up with an e-mail.


Possible Event Locations

Booking Space at Amherst College

Contact Names for Room Reservations

Reserving rooms and space at Amherst College is done through a variety of departments, depending on the time of year, time of day and type of space needed. Some spaces are individually monitored throughout the year by a single department.

Plan an Event at Amherst College

Need to plan a college event, invite a lecturer or arrange an extended conference at Amherst College?

The Events and Space Management Office can help. Located on the third floor of 79 S. Pleasant St., the office is accessible to walk-ins, by e-mail or by telephone.