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Do Research Remotely


This guide will help you access resources off-campus and manage your research when the library is closed or you're working at a physical distance. Use the menu on the left to learn about online options for books, journals, primary sources, data, and other material, especially during the COVID closure.

Get Research Help

Make a research appointment to meet individually (in person or via Zoom/Google conference) with a Research & Instruction librarian. Contact a specific subject librarian directly, or use the form linked above to talk to any of us!

Email us at, or find your subject librarian to email directly.

Ask at the Reference Desk (via chat — click on the Mammoth!)  Frost Library Reference Desk

  • Summer hours: Noon - 2 pm, M - F
    (or as available/whenever the Mammoth isn't skeletal)

COVID Closure: Library Books, Reserves, ILL

Keep your library materials!

Our top priorities are keeping all members of our community safe and focusing staff efforts on the work needed to support your online teaching, learning, and research. The library will work with you when it's time to return materials to the library. In the meantime, know there will be no fines or recalls. You can continue to renew books every 90 days by logging into your account on the Library Catalog.

If you have any questions about the library materials that are currently checked out to you, please contact us at

Returning students can bring books back in September, and we're looking into mailing options for seniors. We don't yet have a plan for mailing worked out, but we will communicate specifically with seniors when we do. If you want to mail books back to us, please send them book rate (book rate is cheapest!) to:

Amherst College Library

61 Quadrangle Dr.

Amherst, MA 01002

Course Reserves

‚ÄčLibrary staff are currently working with faculty to move needed course reserve materials online so you can access them through your Moodle course. The library is scanning some of the required print reserves. In other cases, you may see a link to an e-book source (VitalSource, RedShelf, and the Internet Archive, in particular) that is making access during COVID closures temporarily available after you create an account; note that some may have a limit, often 7 free e-books. Contact your professor if you have questions about specific items.

Interlibrary Loan

You can continue make InterLibrary Loan (ILL) requests for individual book chapters and articles. We'll do our best to get your requests fulfilled through ILL, but please know that many other libraries are closed as well, and fulfillment may not be possible. If we can't fulfill your request, our subject librarians are happy to work with you to help identify alternate materials that will meet your needs. Also please note that because most libraries are closed, we can't fulfill any InterLibrary Loan requests for physical books. You can submit a purchase request for an electronic copy of a book to see if it is available.

If you have any questions, email