Requesting Five College Materials

Books, DVDs, and other circulating items may be requested directly through the Five College Library Catalog. Journal articles should be requested through Interlibrary Loan.  See Help Finding Articles.

Who May Request

  • Smith College Borrowers - Five College delivery service is available to Smith students, faculty, staff, and Five College fellows based at Smith.
  • Five College Borrowers - Students, faculty, and staff from Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire College, and UMass may request items from all Smith College Libraries.

What Can be Requested

  • Circulating Materials - Most materials that circulate to Smith College patrons at Five College Libraries may be requested for delivery to Smith using the "Request Item" function in the Five College Catalog - see How to Request. Five College borrowers may request items from all Smith College Libraries for delivery to their home library.
  • Non-Circulating Materials - Reference, periodicals, and selected other materials do not circulate, and therefore cannot be requested. Some Josten Library materials, such as scores, may be borrowed in person, but not requested online.

How to Request

Delivery Information

  • Delivery Time - Deliveries are made Monday through Friday and requests are usually filled within 24 to 72 hours. You'll receive an email notice when item(s) are available for pick up. If the item you've requested is checked out, the library system will recall the item from the other patron. This process takes up to two weeks.
  • Pickup - Pickup is at Neilson Library for Smith patrons, and at the home library for Five College patrons. You will be notified when the item is ready for pick up, or check at the circulation desk in 48 hours.

Contact Information

  • Smith College Borrowers: Stop by or contact the circulation desk in Neilson Library for assistance requesting items from the Five Colleges. Neilson Library Circulation Desk: neilcirc@smith.edu (413) 585-2910
  • Five College Borrowers: Contact the circulation department at your home library.

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