The Libraries will be closed on Wednesday - Saturday for Thanksgiving break. Limited hours on Sunday. Regular hours resume on Monday. See Hours
All Spaces & Technology
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton, MA 01063
Neilson Library c/o Alumnae Gym
83 Green Street
Northampton, MA 01063
Campus Libraries are open to Smith students, faculty and staff who are in the campus COVID-19 screening program. Emeriti faculty, Five College students who are registered for a Smith course, and Smith research affiliates are also welcomed. Please note that an active OneCard is required for access to either swipe in or to show upon entry. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about obtaining or activating a OneCard. Masks continue to be required in all indoor shared spaces.
Welcome to the new Neilson! As the intellectual heart of the campus, the library celebrates learning and discovery. Renowned architectural designer Maya Lin’s vision has reimagined the building as a place of beauty, harmony, connection and community. Illuminating down through five stories, the atrium’s oculus is a beacon of light, while glass windows throughout bring the natural landscape outside in. Take a virtual tour and enjoy innovative spaces and awe-inspiring views. See for yourself why Maya Lin describes Neilson as “calmly natural,” and why President McCartney says the library “invites us to explore the world in all its wonder.”
Central Service Point, Ground floor Central Hall
Digital Media Hub
Ground floor, Ruth J. Simmons Wing
Contact ITS Digital Support
1st Floor Central Hall
Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
Special Collections Welcome Desk
3rd Floor Mary Maples Dunn Wing
Building access is limited to students, faculty and staff who are in the campus COVID-19 screening program, as well as faculty emeriti, Five College students enrolled in Smith courses, and Smith research affiliates. Masks are required in all indoor spaces. Entry is controlled by OneCard access. Building capacity is not currently limited. Campus community members may check the building capacity before visiting.
While Neilson Library is not yet open to the public, we look forward to welcoming visitors in the future.
Library visitors may:
For an overview of the letters and corresponding subject areas of the Library of Congress Classification system, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
If you can’t retrieve the item you are looking for please place a request in the online library catalog.
Books shelved in Neilson that were formerly classified under the Dewey Decimal System have been reclassified under the Library of Congress system for ease of use.
Additional library materials are housed in the Five College Annex. These materials can be requested through the catalog.
The materials in our special collections are kept in a secure, climate-controlled area. Please visit or contact the Special Collections Reading Room to ask about accessing these materials.
See Study Spaces for a full list of group study spaces and reservation details.