The college recognizes the importance of making financial and in-kind donations to the community. Recent contributions to the city and local projects include:
The college donated used computer equipment to area nonprofit organizations and municipal departments. From July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, the college donated 51 computers, 72 moniters and 4 printers. The original purchase price of these totaled almost $107,000. Donations of equipment were made to Northampton High School, Hampshire Regional School District, Amherst Regional School District, Ludlow Schools and Frontier Regional School.
Five College Bus
Smith contributes $82,370 (plus $34,600 from the Student Government Association) of the $571,337 given by Five Colleges, Inc., in support of the PVTA (Pioneer Valley Transit Authority) bus service between Northampton, South Hadley and Amherst. The bus system, which carries more than a million passengers annually, also opens the Northampton housing market to University of Massachusetts students, thus helping to promote full use of the city’s rental housing.
The president of Smith serves as an ex-officio member of the Academy of Music board of trustees and designates another member of the Smith community to serve on the board. Over the years, the college has contributed computer hardware and software to the academy as well as funds for renovating and upgrading this historic building.
Through Five Colleges, Smith helps provide 24/7 (168 hours a week) music, information and cultural programming on New England Public Radio.
College facilities are available to external groups to host meetings, conferences or other events for a modest rental fee plus direct costs and insurance. Smith College also provides rent-free use of its facilities to local public high schools for their graduation rehearsals and ceremonies including the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Hampshire Regional High School, Northampton High School and the Collaborative for Educational Services. See the guidelines for use of college facilities by external organizations at the Web site above.
Local schools and community groups often use the Smith athletic facilities for practices or competitions. The Northampton High School indoor track team; the field hockey, tennis teams, softball and lacrosse teams; and the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference track league host events at Smith throughout the season.
Smith Academy field hockey host games on the turf field.
The Indoor Track and Tennis facility’s track is open daily from 6 to 8 a.m. from January to March for indoor walking for members of the community.
Community members can purchase summer tennis passes to use the Smith courts. Faculty and student teachers provide sports instruction to local children in various sports throughout the year.
The recently renovated Smith College Conference Center is available for rental to the community for private and professional events. Local businesses and residents use the center for weddings, conferences, receptions, memorial services, and receptions. Overlooking Paradise Pond and offering flexible catering options (including Smith College Catering), the center is an attractive and convenient meeting and retreat venue for groups of all sizes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith libraries hold more than 1.6 million items—books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, music, manuscripts and more. The William Allan Neilson Library is the college’s main library for the humanities and social sciences, supplemented by three branch libraries: the Anita O’K. and Robert R. Young Science Library, the Werner Josten Performing Arts Library, and the Hillyer Art Library for fine arts and architecture. Special collections include the Mortimer Rare Book Room, the Sophia Smith Collection (women’s history) and the College Archives. All libraries are open to the public, who may use most materials and computer databases on-site at no charge. Members of the Smith, Five College and Smith alumnae communities may borrow from the libraries with an authorized borrowing card. For a modest fee, library cards are also available to adult residents of Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties. These cards allow holders to borrow books from Neilson and the Young Science libraries.
Community members are encouraged to attend lectures, films, poetry readings, concerts, vespers and interterm activities at Smith, most of which are free. Many concerts and plays are also open to the public for a modest fee.
This information is based on 2014–15 figures; it was updated in September 2015. Although we attempt to make this information as comprehensive as possible, there may still be some unintentional omissions. Please send comments or corrections to the Office of College Relations, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063, 413-585-2170. Visit www.smith.edu/fornorthampton.php for more information.