Services for Alumnae

Services for Alumnae

Smith College alumnae enjoy a number of library benefits both on and off campus. 

Smith Accounts After Graduation

Smith graduates, please see the Smith ITS website for information about your Smith username and password and Smith accounts after you graduate.

Alumnae Access to Library Databases

After you graduate, you will no longer be able to access all of the Libraries' databases from off campus using your former Smith username and password. You will be able to continue accessing online resources from on campus using the college's wireless network. In addition, a limited number of databases are available to alumnae from off campus. See below for details.

On Campus

Smith alumnae are welcome to use library databases, ebooks, and ejournals onsite. Computers are available for alumnae use.

Off Campus

Generally, due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access to most of our databases is only available to current Smith students, faculty, and staff. The licenses do not permit off-campus access for alumnae.

However, a few vendors do allow alumnae access from off-campus. [See list below.] Access is through The Smith College Network; you will not be able to connect to these databases through the Libraries website.

First step: Login to the The Network. (Access instructions are provided there for first-time users.)

Next step: After logging in, click on "Library Benefits" from the list of options on the left

The following is a list of resources available alumnae through The Network:

  • JSTOR - Complete full text backfiles (excluding latest 2-5 years) for thousands of scholarly journals.
  • Project MUSE - Full text of current issues for hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics
  • SAGE Knowledge -  eBook and eReference library (primarily social sciences)
  • SAGE Journals - Hundreds of journals primarily in the humanities and social sciences
  • Annual Reviews - Authoritative, analytic reviews in 40+ focused disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences.
  • Mango Languages - Online learning tool for 60+ languages; self-paced tutorials to practice reading, listening & speaking. Also includes specialty courses (e.g. food & wine in French, Arab etiquette).

Massachusetts Residents

Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of subscription online databases through the Boston Public Library, using a BPL e-card.

Borrow Library Materials

You may use your OneCard or apply for a library borrower’s card at the circulation desk of any of the libraries but Neilson Library is the preferred location for registering (please bring a picture ID). There is no charge for a borrower’s card, but it must be renewed annually.

  • Once registered, alumnae will be able to request and borrow regular Smith College items including videos, but not periodicals.
  • Requested items will be sent to the Smith library of your choice (Neilson, Hillyer or Josten) for pick up; an email notification will be sent when the items arrive at that library location.
  • Requests for items from the other Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and UMass) and ILL services are not available to Smith alumnae.
  • Alumnae may borrow materials in person only; the Libraries do not lend materials to alumnae by mail.