Friends of the Smith College Libraries

Student in Friends of the Libraries Reading Room
Friends provide ongoing support by contributing annually.

Who We Are

The Friends of the Smith College Libraries is a non-profit organization that supports the valuable work of the Libraries - the heart of intellectual life at Smith. We are a network of mostly Smith alumnae — along with some wonderfully supportive parents, faculty and others who wish to strengthen Smith's educational resources. We have members from all over the U.S. and the world  with representation of Smith classes dating back to 1938 and all the way up to last year's graduates!  Find out a little bit more about who we are here.

What We Do

For over 70 years, the Friends of the Smith College Libraries have worked to develop these essential academic resources. We have funded thousands of new books, and helped preserve old and valuable ones. We provide new furnishings (most recently by funding a group study nook in Neilson) and funded digitization projects to make primary resources available online. And we have sponsored a vast number of programs by acclaimed academics, novelists, journalists and memoirists. Read more about our many long-term initiatives.

Become a Friend

Help strengthen research and learning at Smith. Your gift to the Friends will not only help Smith maintain the excellence of the Libraries, it will make you part of a community of women who have a passion for books and learning. Read all about our tax-deductible membership and its many benefits. We look forward to collaborating with you!  Join today, and become part of this vibrant community. 


Find videos of past events on the Libraries You Tube channel! 

Gifts of Materials

The Libraries continue to add gifts of  books and other materials that meet curricular and research needs.

Neilson and Young Science libraries will not accept gift books until further notice, due to the impending renovation of Neilson. (Both collections will be in storage during the renovation.)