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Ask! Robert Frost Library is the main library on campus. Frost houses collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as general interest science materials, including books in computer science. Books, CD-ROMs, and bound periodicals are intermingled, and shelved on the top 2 and lower 3 floors of the library. Each floor also has special materials. Current periodicals and reference materials are on the 1st floor. Current newspapers, microfilm, and microfiche are on the 2nd floor. DVDs and videos are on A-level. Maps are on B-level. Government documents and the Dewey book collection are on C-level. Check the floor plans or ask a staff member for more details. Archives & Special Collections, on A-level, hold rare books, collections of special interest, and materials about the history of the college. Online resources, such as databases, e-books, and e-journals, are also available. Amherst College faculty, staff, and students can get off-campus access to these resources or use them in the library. In most cases, the general public can use these materials in the library on a walk-in basis. Located in the Merrill Science building, Keefe Science Library provides access to core information resources for students, faculty and scholars in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology. The Keefe Science Library contains monographs, recent periodicals and electronic resources in support of the above disciplines organized according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. The Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building, contains books, journals, scores, and recordings. The Library also has listening equipment for records, cassettes and compact discs. The Music Building does not have an elevator. Library staff members are always willing to page material to be used in the accessible Frost Library. Hours listed on our page are for Frost Library. To check the hours of all the libraries, visit our hours page: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

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Check out the latest in the  #AmherstThenAndNow series over on the FrostFinds Instagram to see how the view from downtow...
04/28/2021

Check out the latest in the #AmherstThenAndNow series over on the FrostFinds Instagram to see how the view from downtown Amherst to the Dickinson Homestead has changed over time. Click the photo below the watch the video transformation:

There's a new Bicentennial exhibit up in Frost's Mezzanine Gallery! Featuring portraits of members of the Amherst Colleg...
04/19/2021
Amherst Stories on Display – Amherst College Digital Collections

There's a new Bicentennial exhibit up in Frost's Mezzanine Gallery! Featuring portraits of members of the Amherst College community from over the course of the College's two hundred year history, the exhibit draws on the huge amount of work that has been done to digitize archival materials in preparation for the College's Bicentennial.

If you're on campus, stop by Frost to check it out. You can view images and read about the exhibit here:

Posters line the mezzanine in Frost Library, featuring a handful of portraits of members of the Amherst College community from the two hundred year history of the institution. While the library is still restricted to current students, faculty, and staff, we wanted to create a virtual exhibit of the....

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we're highlighting books from our collection that speak to sexual assault, ...
04/16/2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we're highlighting books from our collection that speak to sexual assault, gender-based violence, and trauma, resilience, and recovery. Stop by the display near the 1st floor bathrooms in Frost, and you'll also find information and resources from the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and the Department of Health Education. Many of the books in the Frost display are also available as ebooks: https://libguides.amherst.edu/c.php?g=1036667&p=8316283

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we're highlighting books from our collection that speak to sexual assault, gender-based violence, and trauma, resilience, and recovery. Stop by the display near the 1st floor bathrooms in Frost, and you'll also find information and resources from the Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect and the Department of Health Education. Many of the books in the Frost display are also available as ebooks: https://libguides.amherst.edu/c.php?g=1036667&p=8316283

What a striking page from William Belcher Whitney's (class of 1887) historic scrapbook! Apart from the chilling skull on...
04/14/2021

What a striking page from William Belcher Whitney's (class of 1887) historic scrapbook! Apart from the chilling skull on the left, these pages can tell us pertinent information about life at Amherst in the late 1880s. On the left, we see a bright ticket for a lecture course and a receipt for the semester's tuition - only $53! On the right, we see a program for the college's weekly prayer meetings. The subject of the meeting appears with the relevant Bible verses. Today, it's easy to forget that Amherst was explicitly Christian well into the 20th century. Peruse the whole scrapbook here: https://acdc.amherst.edu/view/asc:1304702
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Happy National Library Week! If you're on campus, visit our display featuring books on library history, collections, val...
04/10/2021

Happy National Library Week! If you're on campus, visit our display featuring books on library history, collections, values, and people.

Happy National Library Week! If you're on campus, visit our display featuring books on library history, collections, values, and people.

Congratulations to our Library Director, Martin Garnar, for receiving the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, whic...
04/02/2021
Martin Garnar Receives IFRT Immroth Memorial Award

Congratulations to our Library Director, Martin Garnar, for receiving the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom!

"Martin Garnar, Director of Amherst College Library, is an active leader of the ALA intellectual freedom community, having served the profession in every capacity imaginable. Throughout his career, Martin has served as a trustee and president of the Freedom to Read Foundation, chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, chair of the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, trustee of the Leroy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, editor of the 10th edition and co-editor of the 9th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, and councilor of IFRT."

http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2021/03/martin-garnar-receives-ifrt-immroth-memorial-award

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Immroth Award Committee is pleased to announce Martin Garnar as the recipient of the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors significant contributions defending intellectual freedom. Martin Garnar, Director o...

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Today at 4:30, join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Mar...
04/01/2021
Letter Writing Lab with Amherst College Press and Frost Library | Calendar of Events | Amherst College

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Today at 4:30, join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Learn more and find registration link here:

Join us in celebrating the publication of Writing in Time, Marta Werner's new edition of Emily Dickinson's "Master Letters," by writing your own letters to the world. Amherst faculty member Benigno Sánchez Eppler will be joined by archivist Rachel Jirka to introduce key concepts in the history of e...

This week is the last installment of Fridays with Emily over on the FrostFinds Instagram! Below you'll find the only con...
03/26/2021

This week is the last installment of Fridays with Emily over on the FrostFinds Instagram! Below you'll find the only confirmed photograph of Emily Dickinson, a daguerreotype depicting the poet as a teenager. Click on the photo to read the full post @ FrostFinds, and follow us there for more great finds from our Archives & Special Collections!

We miss you in Frost! Although studying in the library looks a little different today than it did in this 1971 photo, st...
03/19/2021

We miss you in Frost! Although studying in the library looks a little different today than it did in this 1971 photo, students on campus are welcome for masked, distanced study. You can also reach our Research & Instruction librarians using our chat (weekdays, 10AM-6PM): https://libguides.amherst.edu/Help

We miss you in Frost! Although studying in the library looks a little different today than it did in this 1971 photo, students on campus are welcome for masked, distanced study. You can also reach our Research & Instruction librarians using our chat (weekdays, 10AM-6PM): https://libguides.amherst.edu/Help

Magnet alert! If you’re in Frost, stop by the chalkboard near the 1st floor bathrooms and pick up a freshly pressed magn...
03/16/2021

Magnet alert! If you’re in Frost, stop by the chalkboard near the 1st floor bathrooms and pick up a freshly pressed magnet! Featuring images from Amherst College Digital Collections: acdc.amherst.edu

Magnet alert! If you’re in Frost, stop by the chalkboard near the 1st floor bathrooms and pick up a freshly pressed magnet! Featuring images from Amherst College Digital Collections: acdc.amherst.edu

It's Friday and that means another round of Fridays with Emily! This week's feature comes to you courtesy of Frost Libra...
03/13/2021

It's Friday and that means another round of Fridays with Emily! This week's feature comes to you courtesy of Frost Library's Metadata Librarian, Johanna Radding, who flagged this phrase Emily scribbled on the back of an envelope. Reading, "With the sincere spite of a Woman," it doesn't appear to be a line of a poem or a sentence from a letter, but just a seven word bit of inspiration! Click on the photo below and follow FrostFinds Instagram and keep up with Fridays with Emily plus other great archival finds! #EmilyDickinson #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections #EmilyDickinsonMuseum

This month, in recognition of Women's History Month and the College's Bicentennial, we're highlighting books by Amherst ...
03/12/2021

This month, in recognition of Women's History Month and the College's Bicentennial, we're highlighting books by Amherst women. If you're on campus, stop by the display in Frost and check these out. More titles to come soon!

This month, in recognition of Women's History Month and the College's Bicentennial, we're highlighting books by Amherst women. If you're on campus, stop by the display in Frost and check these out. More titles to come soon!

On This Day in Amherst History: Pictured here is the Black Business Symposium, hosted by the Straight Ahead Committee on...
03/09/2021

On This Day in Amherst History: Pictured here is the Black Business Symposium, hosted by the Straight Ahead Committee on March 9, 1974. Focused on the topic "Black Capitalism: Myth or Reality?" the symposium included workshops, talks, and addresses in Johnson Chapel. Today's image include photos of students gathering for the symposium and its workshops. To see more posts about the symposium and to view more photos, follow @FrostFinds on Instagram! #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

Today and tomorrow, Thesis Support Assistants from the Library & the Writing Center are giving out thesis support kits! ...
03/02/2021

Today and tomorrow, Thesis Support Assistants from the Library & the Writing Center are giving out thesis support kits! Drop by Frost from 12-2 today and 12-1:30 tomorrow to get a little thesis motivation and cheer!

Today and tomorrow, Thesis Support Assistants from the Library & the Writing Center are giving out thesis support kits! Drop by Frost from 12-2 today and 12-1:30 tomorrow to get a little thesis motivation and cheer!

“This show could never have been made if there wasn’t this digital archive.”Over on the @FrostFinds Instagram, Campbell ...
02/27/2021

“This show could never have been made if there wasn’t this digital archive.”

Over on the @FrostFinds Instagram, Campbell Hannan '21 sat down with TV show Dickinson’s creator, head writer, and show runner, Alena Smith to discuss her research in the Emily Dickinson Digital Collection. Alena has made great use of the digital archive throughout her work on Dickinson, from the initial pitch to the writers’ room, and she calls the show a “re-collaging of the archive” into a “magical dollhouse” of facts and easter eggs that anyone familiar with the Emily Dickinson Collection can get excited about. Read the full interview here: https://digitalcollections.wordpress.amherst.edu/2021/02/25/interview-with-alena-smith/ #Dickinson #EmilyDickinson #AlenaSmith #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

We miss you, Val! This photo of students enjoying a meal in Valentine Hall in March 1975 has us missing the days of Val ...
02/25/2021

We miss you, Val! This photo of students enjoying a meal in Valentine Hall in March 1975 has us missing the days of Val sitting with our friends... #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

Looking to read LitFest books? Check out our LitFest book guide, featuring ebooks and print books (many of which are on ...
02/22/2021

Looking to read LitFest books? Check out our LitFest book guide, featuring ebooks and print books (many of which are on display now in Frost!) https://libguides.amherst.edu/litfest

Looking to read LitFest books? Check out our LitFest book guide, featuring ebooks and print books (many of which are on display now in Frost!) https://libguides.amherst.edu/litfest

02/20/2021
Library Hours | Library | Amherst College

And we're back open to students and others approved to be on campus today from 12-5! You can find our hours here: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

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What a classy scene! These photos are from the Amherst Black Women's Tea held in March of 1996! There appear to be eight...
02/17/2021

What a classy scene! These photos are from the Amherst Black Women's Tea held in March of 1996! There appear to be eight students in attendance, all seated around a table in the Mullins Room of Lewis Sebring Dining Commons. #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

02/15/2021

Due to the student quarantine week, Frost Library is closed Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th. Faculty and staff material requests will be fulfilled through the self-serve lockers in the vestibule of the library. Books may also be returned to the book drops in the vestibule.

Students can pick up requested materials at the library when the quarantine period ends. We hope to open the library this weekend. Thank you for your patience!

Happy Fridays with Emily! And Happy Early Valentine’s Day! This is George Gould, one of Emily and Austin Dickinson's clo...
02/12/2021

Happy Fridays with Emily! And Happy Early Valentine’s Day! This is George Gould, one of Emily and Austin Dickinson's closest friends who also attended Amherst. Gould made a reappearance on last week's episode of Dickinson after being a frequent feature of season one. Although the show writes off their romantic relationship, Gould is thought by many scholars to be a not insignificant love in Emily’s life. What do you think, good likeness? #EmilyDickinson #FridayswithEmily #GeorgeGould #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections #Dickinson

Here's Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, installing a new Black History Month exhibit in Frost's new B...
02/11/2021

Here's Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, installing a new Black History Month exhibit in Frost's new Bicentennial exhibit case! The exhibit includes three class albums featuring Black students from the classes of 1877, 1878, and 1883. Learn more about these students and the process of researching 19th century Black alumni at Amherst: https://consecratedeminence.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/black-men-of-amherst-1877-1883/

Photo by Maria Stenzel

Here's Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, installing a new Black History Month exhibit in Frost's new Bicentennial exhibit case! The exhibit includes three class albums featuring Black students from the classes of 1877, 1878, and 1883. Learn more about these students and the process of researching 19th century Black alumni at Amherst: https://consecratedeminence.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/black-men-of-amherst-1877-1883/

Photo by Maria Stenzel

We're excited about the Solidarity Book Project! Read about the project at the link below, and follow Solidarity Book Pr...
02/05/2021

We're excited about the Solidarity Book Project! Read about the project at the link below, and follow Solidarity Book Project to learn more and find out how you can participate!
https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/bicentennial/projects/solidarity-book-project

We're excited about the Solidarity Book Project! Read about the project at the link below, and follow Solidarity Book Project to learn more and find out how you can participate!
https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/bicentennial/projects/solidarity-book-project

We're loving Fridays with Emily over @FrostFinds on Instagram!Welcome back to Fridays with Emily Dickinson! This is a ma...
01/29/2021

We're loving Fridays with Emily over @FrostFinds on Instagram!

Welcome back to Fridays with Emily Dickinson! This is a manuscript of Emily's poem, "Split the lark," featured in the Emily Dickinson Collection. It also happens to be the title of this week's episode of Dickinson! Check out the link in bio for more of Emily's poems in her own writing and tune in next week for another Friday with Emily! #Archives #AmherstCollege #DigitalCollections #SpecialCollections #EmilyDickinson #Dickinson

Orra White Hitchcock's drawing with ink and linen shows the tracks of five dinosaur species. They're extinct now, but yo...
01/21/2021

Orra White Hitchcock's drawing with ink and linen shows the tracks of five dinosaur species. They're extinct now, but you can see fossilized tracks like these at the Beneski Museum of Natural History! @beneskimuseum #AmherstCollege #Archives #SpecialCollections #DigitalCollections

For more great finds from our Archives & Special Collections, visit @FrostFinds on Instagram!

“We are also working against a history of Indigenous experience with research, wherein scholars regularly stole stories,...
01/08/2021
Responsive and Responsible | American Libraries Magazine

“We are also working against a history of Indigenous experience with research, wherein scholars regularly stole stories, published them, altered them, and even used them as evidence against Indigenous populations. We do not want to repeat those behaviors.” —Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections

An increasing number of libraries are promoting culturally responsive care of collections, demonstrating leadership and restoring a long-ignored legacy of Indigenous intellectual property.

01/05/2021
Library Hours | Library | Amherst College

Happy new year! As we start up January term, the library will be open from 9AM - 5PM for Amherst College community members approved to be on campus. You can find all of our hours here: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

Period Mode January 2021 « Prev     Next » Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 27 28 29 30 31 1 2           Closed (All day)   Closed (All day)       3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Closed (All day)   Frost 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM   Virtual Reference 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM   Frost 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM   Virtual Refere...

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Hours listed on our page are for Frost Library. To check the hours of all the libraries, visit our hours page: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours

Robert Frost Library is the main library on campus. Frost houses collections in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as general-interest science materials. You can get help with research or ask us anything at the first-floor desks. Books and bound periodicals are shelved on the 3rd floor and B- and C-levels of the library. Current periodicals and reference materials are on the 1st floor; DVDs and videos are on A-level; microfilm and microfiche are on the 2nd floor. Check the floor plans or ask a staff member for more details. Archives & Special Collections, on A-level, hold rare books, collections of special interest, and materials about the history of the college. Check out the Amherst College Digital Collections 24/7 at http://acdc.amherst.edu. Online resources, such as databases, e-books, e-journals, and digitized primary-source collections are also available. Amherst College faculty, staff, and students can get off-campus access to these resources or use them in the library. In most cases, the general public can use these materials in the library on a walk-in basis. Located in The Science Center, Keefe Science Library provides access to core information resources for students, faculty, and scholars in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics and Psychology.

The Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building, contains books, journals, scores, and recordings. The Library also has listening equipment for records, cassettes and compact discs.


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