Research Services

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 Library services have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • Item pickup is now located in the Neilson Library. For details, see Library Services During COVID-19.
  • Print Reserves are suspended until library services resume on campus and physical lending can be done equitably. All reserves are currently offered online only.
  • Equipment lending is suspended until full library services resume on campus and physical lending can be done equitably. Please contact Smith College Digital Support with all equipment requests.

Instruction Services

Classes at Smith make extensive use of the Libraries’ collections and the expertise of our staff to do cutting-edge research. To help students develop their skills as expert researchers, Smith’s librarians, archivists, and curators offer workshops and class sessions tailored to the needs of a class or assignment. Sessions can focus on the basics of doing academic research; the use of digital tools for finding, organizing and presenting information; or the tools needed to master research in a particular discipline. Teaching librarians can also teach your class about citation management using Zotero. Classes can visit our Special Collections for a hands-on encounter with archives or rare books. For more information, see Special Collections Instruction.

Request Instruction: Faculty should use this form to request a library instruction session. Due to COVID-19, library instruction is being offered through Zoom meetings. We also encourage faculty to contact us when creating a research assignment for advice about how to best incorporate the Libraries’ services and resources. To learn more, contact a library liaison or email us at