All three of the large academic libraries in Amherst allow unaffiliated local residents to apply for a library card and borrow items at no cost. Residents of Massachusetts are eligible to apply for a card at the UMass Du Bois Library. Residents of Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, Worcester, or Berkshire counties with a Massachusetts photo ID are eligible to apply for a card at Amherst College's Frost Library. "Area residents" are eligible to apply for a card at Hampshire College's Harold F. Johnson Library.
NOTE: There may be pandemic restrictions in place, so it's best to call ahead.
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Renewable items will renew automatically! See Renewing for details.
As of August 2019, no overdue fines accrue on Jones Library and its branches’ materials. However, having overdue items on your account may restrict further borrowing and access to digital collections. Please see What happens if I have overdue items? for details. Please note that other CW MARS libraries may charge overdue fines.
See Borrowing for details.
Yes, you can pay fines and fees online with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, by logging into My Account.
Yes! We have several free apps for accessing our collections and services. See Library Apps for details.
Two meeting rooms at the Jones Library may be reserved for use in advance. See Meeting Rooms for details.
Reservations for the Munson Hall and Munson's downstairs room are managed by the Town of Amherst. Learn more and submit an application.
Yes! Our collection of instruments includes a banjo, a doumbek drum, a dulcimer, an electronic keyboard, glockenspiels, a lap harp, a rainstick, and ukuleles. See the complete list. If an instrument is available, you can check it out at the Jones Library Circulation Desk. If not, you can place a hold.
Yes! See Wi-Fi Hotspots for details.
Yes. See Print from Home / Pick Up at Jones for details.
Thank you very much for your interest in the Jones Library and branches. While we do not have high demand for volunteers at this time, we do have occasional or temporary general volunteer opportunities. If you would like to be considered, please complete this form.
If you are aged 12 to 18, please fill out the Teen Volunteer form instead.
Please also consider volunteering with our ESL program or joining and volunteering with the Friends of the Jones Libraries.
We accept books and other materials according to our Donating Materials to the Library Policy (PDF).
Other local organizations accepting book donations include: Goodwill, 183 University Drive, Amherst (413-835-0096) and Reader to Reader, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst (413-256-8595).
Town libraries close when other Town offices – not the schools – close due to hazardous winter weather. Announcements regarding library closings are made after 6:30 a.m. via TV stations WWLP Channel 22 and WGGB Channel 40, as well as via the library closure line at 413-259-3094. You can also sign up to receive news alerts by email or text message.