All Spaces & Technology
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton, MA 01063
Neilson Library c/o Alumnae Gym
83 Green Street
Northampton, MA 01063
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 video 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.”
Download a floor-by-floor guide to Neilson Library.
Those visiting the Neilson Library can now see real-time occupancy levels in spaces around the building.
Central Service Point
1st floor Central Hall
Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
Special Collections Reading Room
A number of services are offered in Neilson Library, including:
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 Discover Advanced.
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 Discover Advanced.
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.
To submit an image to be displayed on Neilson Library digital signage, please fill out this form.
See also Study Spaces and Reservable Spaces.
The following spaces are designated at "Quiet" study spaces in Neilson Library:
Neilson Library offers a number of reservable spaces, including small collaboration rooms, seminar rooms, classrooms, and more. Neilson Library spaces have been designed to be flexible and used for different purposes throughout the day. For more information, or to reserve a space, see Reservable Study Spaces.