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Study Spaces

Study Spaces

The Smith College Libraries offer a variety of study spaces, from individual pods and carrels to large study tables. Most spaces listed on this page are available to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a space for study, see Reservable Spaces.

Individual Study Spaces

Most library study carrels are available to all users for individual study and cannot be reserved; see Hillyer Art Library Carrel Policy to learn about semester-long Hillyer carrel reservations.

Alumnae Gymnasium

  • Study pods and soft seating- 1st floor
  • Soft seating - 3rd floor

Alumae Gymnasium is open 24 hours for study.

Hillyer Library

  • Soft seating - 1st floor 
  • Study Carrels - 1st and 2nd floors

Josten Library

  • Soft seating - 1st floor and Mezzanine
  • Listening Rooms (when not otherwise in use)

Neilson Library

  • Soft seating - all floors
  • Study carrels - ground floor Courtyard, 2nd floor North Wing study space and 3rd floor North Wing study space
  • Neilson 302 Reading Room
  • Neilson 401 Skyline Reading Room and Terrace

Group Study Spaces

Locations with Large Study Tables

  • Alumnae Gymnasium 3rd floor (open 24 hours)
  • Josten 1st floor
  • Josten J133 Listening Room (when not otherwise in use)
  • Josten J131 Rare Book Room (when not otherwise in use)
  • Josten Mezzanine
  • Hillyer 1st floor
  • Neilson ground floor Digital Media Hub
  • Neilson 1st floor Compass cafe
  • Neilson 102 Browsing Room
  • Neilson 2nd floor North Wing study space
  • Neilson 3rd floor North Wing study space
  • Neilson 302 Reading Room
  • Neilson 401 Skyline Reading Room and Terrace

Small Group Study Rooms

These rooms hold 3 or more people and are available for use by students, faculty and staff. Group study spaces are available to all users for group study on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot currently be reserved.

  • Neilson 010A - capacity: 4 people
  • Neilson 301E - capacity: 3 people
  • Neilson 301F - capacity: 4 people
  • Neilson 310B - capacity: 5 people
  • Neilson 310C - capacity: 8 people