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Important Announcements:
The Special Collections Reading Room is now 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. Masks continue to be required in all indoor shared spaces.


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 third floor of Neilson Library. View the Smith College Campus Map for more information.

Special Collections
Neilson Library
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 devices
  • No ID required for registration