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Services & Resources for Faculty

Building the Collection

  • We welcome requests to acquire what you need for your teaching and research. Please submit purchase requests here. We also welcome broad recommendations for building the collection in your discipline. Please contact your subject librarian
  • We encourage new faculty members to be in touch with their subject librarian when you arrive so that we can learn more about your teaching and areas of research.

Request Service

  • Through our Request Service, we obtain material from around the world without charge to you. Please submit requests here. We can also establish interlibrary loan accounts for your research assistants; please contact ILL staff at for details.
  • Whenever possible, we deliver journal articles as PDFs via email. We hold other materials as they arrive at the Frost circulation desk: books, dissertations, government documents, microfilms, photocopies of non-circulating items, and musical scores at the Frost Library circulation desk.

Access to Five College Collection

  • The Five College Delivery (FCD) program delivers most materials (with some exceptions) from the other five colleges and depositories directly to the Frost Library circulation desk, usually within 2 to 3 business days.
  • Please request such material through the Five Colleges library catalog. You will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup. We hold these Items at the Frost Library circulation desk for up to 10 days.

Support for Open Access

Amherst College Open Access Resolution

In our efforts to make information open to all, the Amherst College faculty have adopted an open access resolution. The policy requires you to submit an electronic copy of the author's final version of the manuscript along with the bibliographical information for the article. The Open Access Policy automatically gives Amherst an institutional license, with the right to make the article openly accessible, in the Octagon, the College's institutional repository. Please refer to the open access instructions for faculty and the open access FAQ for further details.

Open Access Publication Charges (changes effective Spring 2023)

The library will make up to $20,000 available each year from its materials budget to support open access publishing. Amherst College faculty publishing in peer-reviewed, open access publications may request up to $2,000 in assistance from the Library to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) or Book Processing Charges (BPCs). Any funds not allocated by April 30th will return to the library’s materials budget. Fees charged by non-open-access journals/books to make individual articles/chapters freely available are not eligible for this grant. Faculty with co-authors at other institutions that offer APC/BPC support should coordinate funding requests across institutions to split costs when possible. Please contact Martin Garnar ( for information about subsidies.