The Jones Library and its Branches (the North Amherst Library and the Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst) strive to support the civic and cultural life of all people of our region. We provide access to materials, assist patrons in their quest for information, preserve the history of the Amherst area, and serve as a meeting place for the community's educational and cultural pursuits.
The Special Collections Department houses extensive collections that focus on the history of Amherst and the surrounding Pioneer Valley.
The Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost Exhibits and other collections housed in Special Collections are rich in original manuscripts, editions, and secondary research materials. The genealogical collection includes family histories, vital records, census records, and genealogical notes and clippings.
English as a Second Language Center
The English as a Second Language Center helps area immigrants become self-reliant participants in their communities by providing trained volunteers to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), GED (high school equivalency), and citizenship.
The Children's Room houses an eclectic collection of children's and young adult books, videos, tapes, and graphic novels. Computers are available to assist young readers in finding their choice in our catalog, and other computers offer games. Younger children enjoy the trains, toys, and weekly story time.
The Adult Services area includes the non-fiction items on the lower level and Fiction Room on the main floor. You may find the Large Print titles in the Fiction Room, as well as mysteries, westerns, science fiction, novels, and romance novels.
Audio / Visual Department
The Audio Visual Department, located on the main floor, boasts an extensive audio cd collection of music of all types and books on cd. This is where you will find dvd's and videos of all genres.