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Neilson, Josten, and Hillyer libraries are closed on Saturday, January 29 due to inclement weather. Alumnae Gym 24-hour spaces will remain open for use.

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Visit Special Collections

From January 3-31​, the Special Collections Reading Room is open by request only by members of the Smith Community in the testing program; requests can be submitted to specialcollections@smith.edu. Masks continue to be required in all indoor shared spaces.

Location

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

Parking Information

We can provide researchers with a free parking pass for the Smith College Parking Garage. Make your request at our reference desk in the reading room. If you require a pass for more than three days, please contact our administrative assistant at 413-585-2970 several days before your visit. 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 48 hour notice for retrieval. Some audiovisual materials without use copies also require advanced 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 Reference Archivist at specialcollections@smith.edu to request off-site materials or with questions regarding audiovisual materials. Visit the Reading Room page for more information.

Equal Access

Special Collections is committed to ensuring equal access for all visitors. Researchers needing additional accommodations beyond what is listed below can request them upon arrival or are welcome to contact our administrative assistant in advance of their visit.

  • Entrance ramps
  • Elevators
  • Gender-neutral, accessible restrooms
  • Assistive technology devices
  • No ID required for registration