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Hillyer Art Library

Hillyer Art LibraryThe Hillyer Art Library serves the Smith community by providing collections with broad-based coverage of the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the visual arts to support the teaching, research, and art practices of Smith students, faculty, and staff. Drawing on a long tradition of active collection development, areas of notable strength are the art and architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the ancient Mediterranean, East Asia, and South Asia.



Spaces & Technology

  • Individual study carrels are available on the 1st and 2nd floors
  • Large study tables are available on the 1st and 2nd floors
  • Space on the cellar level is available with seating and a whiteboard for individual or small group study
  • Hillyer 119 classroom (capacity:26). To reserve, contact Hillyer Library at

Hillyer Art Library Carrel Policy

The library is one of the most popular places to study on any college campus, but students aren’t always able to count on their favorite spot being available. Semester-long carrel reservations provide students with a reliable space to do their work outside of the dorms. Carrels also have ample storage room, so students do not have to carry their books and other supplies with them every time they come to the library.

At the start of each semester, a lottery will take place to determine carrel assignments. Students must sign up for the lottery online. The following prioritization will take place during the drawing:

  1. Thesis students
  2. First and second semester seniors
  3. All other students

Each carrel will be assigned to two students. Students will have the opportunity to choose who to share a carrel with. Students who do not provide a second name when they sign up for the lottery will be randomly assigned a carrel mate.

The person you choose to share a carrel with should ideally have the same priority level as you. For example, two thesis students rank higher in the lottery than one thesis student and one non-thesis student. If you choose to be randomly assigned a carrel mate your priority level will not be affected.

Several carrels will be set aside as “open carrels”. They are first come, first served. Personal items or library materials may not be stored in open carrels.

Personal items and library materials may be stored in your assigned carrel. All library materials must be checked out to your library account. You may add personal touches to your carrel (e.g. posters, trinkets) but they must be easily removable. Keep in mind that when not in use, people may use your carrel but you are entitled to ask them to relocate if you need it.

Food of any kind is not allowed to be consumed or stored in your carrel. Covered drinks can be consumed but not stored. Any food or drink left at the end of the day will be thrown away.

Contact Us

For help with... Name or Department Phone Email
Anything at Hillyer Library Hillyer staff 413-585-2940      
Art reference and research assistance, library instruction, requesting new books, gifts                    
Service point, material circulation and public services: student staff, fines and bills, use policies, missing materials    
Course reserves, acquisitions, collections processing