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Welcome

We welcome all library visitors to explore and inquire about our accessible services, assistive technologies, and learning resources. Our goal is to make your time at the Smith College Libraries the most productive and enjoyable experience as possible regardless of your abilities or preferences. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or accessibility requests that you may have.

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Disability Services in the Learning Commons

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) serves as a central point of information and coordination to ensure equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College. Smith College’s Disability Services staff are available to meet with students in the Assistive Technology Lab, located in Neilson Library's 1st floor Learning Commons, to provide learning support. Hours: By appointment. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at ods@smith.edu.

Facilities & Equipment

All library buildings and collections are wheelchair accessible. Other accommodations include:

Accessing Hard-to-Find Books

Collections that users are unable to access are available by request. Items can be picked up at the Neilson Library ground floor Central Service Point once you receive the notification email.

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Lab is managed by ITS and is located in the Neilson Library Learning Commons in Neilson 108H. It is open for student use during regular library hours. The lab contains both Mac and Windows machines and has specialized software such as Dragon, Kurzweil, and Big Keys. 

  • Technology for Learning: If you would like to learn more about how these technologies could be applied to your learning needs, contact the Office of Disability Services at ods@smith.edu.
  • Software Training: If you need information or assistance learning about the software available in the lab or how to use the accessibility features of your computer or laptop, please contact Joanne Cannon at jcannon@smith.edu.
  • Exam accommodations: Students needing computer access for exams should get approval through disability services and then contact Joanne Cannon (jcannon@smith.edu) at least one week in advance to make arrangements.

Campus Technology Accessibility

Smith College is committed to providing equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, including equal access to participate in and benefit from college programs, services and activities provided through electronic and information technology (EIT). Learn more about technology accessibility at Smith.

Learning Support

The Learning Commons provides a number of student support services, including writing assistance, research support, tutoring, the Assistive Technology Lab and more. 

Sensory Information

Quiet Study & Private Spaces

All library buildings offer individual and quiet spaces; the Neilson Library also offers a Reflection Room for silent prayer and meditation. See Study Spaces.

Furniture

All library buildings offer a range of soft seating, hard chairs, seats without rolling casters, seats for all body types, and seats without armrests.

Equipment

Borrow headphones and chargers at the Neilson Library Central Service Point. 

Contact Us

For information about disability services in the Libraries, please contact Dominique Tremblay, Access Services Librarian at dtremblay@smith.edu, 413-585-4163.