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Welcome to Special Collections. We are open to Smith community members on a walk-in basis. We strongly encourage all visiting researchers to make an appointment 24 hours in advance. 


Regular semester hours for the Special Collections reading rooms are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. See Hours to check the hours for specific days.

Visiting Researchers Appointment Form

All visiting researchers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to view materials in the Special Collections reading room.

Book An Appointment

Directions & Parking 

The Special Collections reading room is located on the third floor of Neilson Library. View the Smith College Campus Map for more information.

Special Collections
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive, Northampton, MA

Directions from Neilson Library's Main Entrance

Enter the front (east) entrance of Neilson Library that faces Seelye lawn, move into the first floor Central Hall and then turn right to locate the central elevator behind the staircase. Take this elevator to the third floor. Coming out of the elevator, turn right, then left and follow the signs to the Special Collections reading room.

General Parking Information

Please use our visitor parking spaces around campus and in the parking garage, or seek City of Northampton parking options. Find parking on the campus map.

You may request a campus parking pass 48 hours (Monday through Friday) in advance of your visit from Facilities Management Customer Service. Please complete a request form and the pass will be emailed to you directly for you to print out.

There is also metered parking available on Green Street. The meters accept quarters ($.75/per hour) or you can download the Northampton Parkmobile parking app and pay with a credit card.

Requesting Materials & Access

A small portion of our materials are located off-site and require advance notice for retrieval. Some audiovisual materials without use copies also require advance notice to access due to specialty equipment or the need for reproduction prior to viewing/listening. This may cause a delay in your research. Please contact our staff at to request off-site materials or with questions regarding audiovisual materials. Visit the Special Collections Reading Room page for more information.

Equal Access

Special Collections is committed to ensuring equal access for all visitors. Researchers needing accommodations beyond what is listed below are welcome to contact our staff at in advance of their visit.

  • Accessible reading room tables
  • Assistive technology devices
  • Gender-neutral, accessible restrooms
  • Dedicated lactation room