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Educating for change: A Vision for the Hampshire Library

About the Library

The Hampshire College library is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding.

We aspire to:

  • Serve as a welcoming social and intellectual center of the College.
  • Partner with students, faculty, and staff in reimagining the library.
  • Embrace transformations in research and collections, building on the foundational collaboration between collections, technology, and media to redefine library services.
  • Create connections between people, tools, and ideas.
  • Empower a creative and energetic staff to experiment, expand the library's reach across campus, and anticipate student needs in a rapidly changing world.
  • Adapt and design collections, formats, and access to promote an open learning environment.

We can help you with:

Visit us at the InfoBar on the first floor of the Harold F. Johnson Library. The InfoBar is your place to get the help you need.

About the Library

Facts and Figures

Collections, as of June 2012:

  • 133,402 Physical Books
  • 80,389 E-books
  • 9,712 Bound Journals
  • 307 Print Journal Subscriptions
  • 56,041 E-Journal (online) Subscriptions
  • 3355 Div IIIs
  • 4904 Music CDs
  • 4,857 DVDs and Videos
  • 894 16mm Films

The Five College Integrated Library System

The Five College integrated library system, ALEPH, from major library systems vendor Ex Libris, provides access to Hampshire's library collections as well as those of the other Five Colleges. It allows Hampshire students, faculty, and staff to request books from the other colleges to be sent to Hampshire for pickup, as well as view and/or renew the books they have checked out from each of the libraries.

Browse the Five College Libraries Catalog

Times Square Marketing Space

Times Square is a 65" LED TV that hangs across from the circulation desk in the Harold F. Johnson Library and is meant to inform the community of upcoming events, news, and other information. Slides submitted by any and all Hampshire community members will rotate daily. This service is free to Hampshire community members.

Only landscape-oriented, 1920x1080-sized JPEGS and PDFs will be accepted. All other formats and sizes will be returned with notes on how to change a given submission.

Email us to submit

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The Hampshire College library is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines.
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Research help is available to assist you with research questions, citation management, and finding resources for all your projects.
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Seed Lending Library
Check out organic and non-genetically engineered seeds, free of charge at the Harold F. Johnson Library as part of the College's Seed Lending Library.
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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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