Services for Visiting Researchers

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Access to Library Resources & Services

The Smith College Libraries welcome researchers who are not affiliated with Smith or the Five Colleges. Neilson Library is the central campus library and home to Special Collections.

Books & Other Physical Items

  • Some books and print journals are housed off-campus in the Five College Library Annex and are designated in the online library catalog with the location SC Annex Stacks. They can be requested for delivery to Neilson Library.
  • Visitors may also access print library materials for onsite use at Hillyer Art Library and Josten Library for the Performing Arts.

How to borrow books from the SC Annex Stacks

  • Residents of Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties, 18 years or older, may purchase limited borrowing privileges of Smith circulating materials from the SC Annex Stacks. See Purchase a Library Card.
  • Use the Discover Advanced to request items from the SC Annex Stacks for pick up at Neilson Library. Click on the “Place Request” button in the catalog record and login using your with your Smith Network ID. There will be daily deliveries (Monday-Friday) and you will be notified when the item is ready for pick up.

How to use books from the SC Annex Stacks on campus at Neilson Library

  • If you do not have a library card and wish to consult an item on campus from the SC Annex Stacks, contact the service desk in Neilson Library and provide the title and call number of the item.
  • You will be notified when the item arrives at Neilson Library for on-campus use.


  • Visitors can access library databases, ebooks and online resources on campus at any library location using their own devices and Smith’s guest wireless network. See Computers & WiFi.
  • Computers in the Smith College Libraries are reserved for those affiliated with the Smith College community.

Special Collections

  • Smith College Special Collections--College Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection and the Sophia Smith Collection--are located in Neilson Library. Visitor may access materials in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Neilson. See Visit Special Collections.

Print, Copy, Scan Services

Print and copy services require the purchase of a print/copy card while scanning services are available free of charge. See Print, Copy, Scan.

Code of Conduct for Library Users

The Smith College Libraries aim to create a safe and welcome learning environment for all users. Any visitor causing disruptive behavior within the Libraries will be asked to leave by library staff.

Contact Us

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