Friends of the library have supported and even designed and edited a number of publications over the years. 

Life members


It was voted May 10, 1969 that those who contributed not less than $2,500 in money or materials or otherwise within a two-year period qualified for life membership. In April 1980 it was voted to change the amount to $5,000 and the period to three years.

Oral history project

In 1994, several friends of the library began a project to preserve and make available the oral histories of individuals prominent in the history of Amherst College. Copies of the interviews on DVD are available for viewing in archives and special collections. In addition, selected excerpts from most of the interviews are available below. You may click on the names below to learn more about interviewees. Please address any questions and comments to