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.
Collections & E-Resources
Collections that users are unable to access, such as hard-to-find books, are available by request. Items can be picked up at the Neilson Library ground floor Central Service Point once you receive the notification email.
Electronic resources are made available to all current Smith students, faculty, and staff with their Smith password. See also:
The Learning Commons
The Learning Commons provides a number of student support services, including writing assistance, research support, tutoring, the Assistive Technology Lab and more.
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 email@example.com.
Facilities & Equipment
All library buildings and collections are wheelchair accessible. Other accommodations include:
- Entrance ramps
- Accessible rest rooms
- Self-checkout machines and app
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.
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. Reserve the Assistive Technology Lab.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
- Exam accommodations: Students needing computer access for exams should get approval through disability services and then contact Joanne Cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one week in advance to make arrangements.
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.
All library buildings offer a range of soft seating, hard chairs, seats without rolling casters, seats for all body types, and seats without armrests.
Borrow headphones and chargers at the Neilson Library Central Service Point. See Equipment Loans for more information.
Special Collections is committed to ensuring equal access for all visitors. See Reading Room Accessibility for more information.