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Rare book in Special Collections

What We Do

Friends of the Smith College Libraries

Annual membership dues provide consistent and flexible income that supplies tangible benefits for the Libraries. Join the Friends to support this work.

Strengthen Library Collections

We provide funding for special acquisitions to enrich the Libraries’ collections. Additionally, the Friends of the Libraries Preservation Fund supports the care of rare and fragile materials in the collections.

Staff in Special Collections stacks

Fund Library Spaces & Equipment

We have provided new furnishings and equipment that were beyond the scope of the Libraries’ budget. We recently purchased a Zeutschel large format book and manuscript scanner to address the growing demand for digitized materials.

Zeutschel large format book and manuscript scanner

Build Endowment

Providing for the long-term well-being of the Libraries has always been a strategic focus. Currently, we wish to strengthen the Friends of the Libraries Endowed Fund to provide long term general support for the ever-evolving needs of the Libraries.

Support Staff

An annual professional development grant enables one or two staff members each year to pursue advanced training opportunities. For example, research librarians used the grant to attend Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) programs to hone their teaching skills. Other staff received training in curating digital collections. 

Support Students

Learning to take full advantage of library resources and services is essential for every student's academic success. The Friends have long sponsored the Libraries' orientation programming.

As finals approach, students spend long hours in the Libraries. Night-time snacks, games and puzzles provide a respite during reading period. Treats are also provided at Halloween and on Valentine's Day.

Students studying in Neilson Library

Encourage Research in Special Collections

The Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowship and the Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship are competitive annual grants which fund opportunities to do research in Special Collections. See Research Fellowships for more information.

Researcher working in the Special Collections Reading Room

Support the Larger Smith Community

We underwrite access to the digital library JSTOR for all Smith alumnae via the Alumnae portal. See Services for Smith Alumnae for information about JSTOR and other electronic resources that the Libraries make available to alumnae.

We host a number of fun and informative programs each year. See our playlist on YouTube.

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