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Borrow, Renew, Return

Request Smith and Five College books via Discover Advanced using See Request Materials for more information.

Delivery is usually within a day or two to Neilson Library, Monday-Friday.

Smith books are...

  • On campus in Hillyer, Josten, and Neilson Libraries
  • Off campus in SC Annex Stacks

Five College items may generally be returned at any Five College library and after hours, at any book drop.

Who Can Borrow

All borrowers must present a current Smith OneCard, Five College ID, registered Smith College Libraries paper card, or a Learning in Retirement Card.

Smith College Students, Faculty & Staff

  • Smith undergraduate and graduate students
  • Smith School for Social Work students
  • Faculty (regular, visiting, emeritus, Five College Fellows based at Smith)
  • Staff (current and retired)

Smith College Affiliates

  • Smith College alumnae
  • Spouses, partners and dependents of Smith employees
  • High school students and auditors enrolled in a Smith course
  • Williams College patrons

Five College Borrowers

Borrowers from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and the University of Massachusetts must present a valid college identification card to circulation desk staff to borrow materials.

  • Students
  • Faculty (including Five College Fellows not based at Smith)
  • Five College Associates
  • Staff
  • Learning in Retirement members (must have a current Learning in Retirement Card and register with one of the Five College Libraries)

Non-affiliated Resident Borrowers

Residents of Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties over 18 years old may purchase limited borrowing privileges from Neilson Library and Smith materials held in storage at the Library Annex only, for $30 a year. The Hillyer and Josten Library collections are only available for in-house use. Purchase of a resident card does not allow for access to Smith's Electronic materials such as ebooks and databases (some electronic materials can be accessed on-site only). Non-affiliated users must present their current Smith College Libraries card to circulation desk staff to borrow library material.

How to Check Out Library Materials

Checkout Services at Central Service Points

Items can be checked out manually at the Central Service Points at Neilson, Hillyer or Josten Libraries. Student or staff members will be there at the desk to help check materials out to your account. Each branch library has a hold shelf for items that have been requested by patrons and have arrived for patrons to pick up (notification is sent out by email).

Self Checkout

The Libraries have two self checkout services to make borrowing items more convenient for students, faculty and staff. By using self checkout, patrons can borrow materials privately, without interacting with library staff.

Self Checkout Kiosks

Self checkout kiosks are available on Neilson Library’s ground and first floors. The stations include accessibility features such as adjustable font size and language support for English, Spanish and French. To use a self checkout kiosk, scan the barcode on the back of your OneCard under the red light at the front of the kiosk. Then, scan the barcode on the front of the book. A receipt will be emailed after checkout.

Self Checkout App

Library users may download the Smith Libraries Self Checkout app from the App Store or Google Play to borrow items with a mobile device. When checking out items on your mobile device, the app will use the device’s camera. Please note that the Self Checkout app works in the Neilson Library, but not yet in other Smith library locations.

Contact Us

Location Phone Email
Neilson Library 413-585-2910
Hillyer Art Library 413-585-2940
Josten Performing Arts Library 413-585-2930