Department provides free information assistance to all Amherst
residents and patrons of the Amherst Town Library. The Reference Staff
to answer your questions and guide you through a variety of
available resources and help you choose the right one.
We respond to questions received in person at the Information and
Research desk, via email, telephone or fax.
The Reference Staff can help you find answers to all kinds of
questions ranging from single facts to in-depth queries.
Are you looking for a name, address, date, number,
Who is…? When did…? How many…?
We can help you find the answers using almanacs, statistical
sources, dictionaries, atlases, and other reference books with
Do you need an overview of a topic?
Where can I find some history on the Civil Rights Movement?
Who was involved with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb?
What are some of the issues involved with privacy laws?
We can help you find general information on a topic, uncover
names, dates, places, and important issues that relate to the
or find bibliographies that might lead to more (in-depth) information.
Are you interested in the
minute details of a topic, or in questions without definitive
What information is available on possible cures for cancer?
Where is information on the effects of mainstreaming physically
We can help you devise a search strategy, help you find primary
resources and other relevant information so you can explore the