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Important Announcements:
Special Collections materials will be unavailable from June - August as they are moving to Neilson Library. Special Collections Services will also be affected. See Renovation Transition for more details. The reading room is closed. For more information on current library services:
COVID-19 Library Services
  Renovation Transition


No appointment is necessary to visit Smith College Special Collections. We are open to the public. Anyone can use our collections, regardless of background, age, affiliation, or the nature of your research.


Monday through Friday, 10am- 5pm, closed during college vacations and national holidays. Interested in specific dates? Check the Smith College Libraries Hours page.


The Special Collections Reading Room is located on the second floor of Neilson Library, which you enter through Bass Hall. View the Smith College Campus Map for more information.

Special Collections
Neilson Library, Second Floor
7 Neilson Drive, Northampton, MA

Parking Information

We can provide researchers with a free parking pass for the Smith College Parking Garage. Make your request at our reference desk in the reading room. If you require a pass for more than three days, please contact our administrative assistant at 413-585-2970 several days before your visit. There is also metered parking available on Green Street. The meters accept quarters ($.75/per hour) or you can download the Northampton Parkmobile parking app and pay with a credit card.

Requesting Materials & Access

A small portion of our materials are located off-site and require 48 hour notice for retrieval. Some audiovisual materials without use copies also require advanced notice to access due to specialty equipment or the need for reproduction prior to viewing/listening. This may cause a delay in your research. Please contact our Reference Archivist at to request off-site materials or with questions regarding audiovisual materials. Visit the Reading Room page for more information.

Equal Access

Special Collections is committed to ensuring equal access for all visitors. Researchers needing additional accommodations beyond what is listed below can request them upon arrival or are welcome to contact our administrative assistant in advance of their visit.

  • Entrance ramps
  • Elevators
  • Gender-neutral, accessible restrooms
  • Assistive technology devies
  • No ID required for registration