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Young Library 8am - 10pm
Special Collections Closed
Hillyer Art Library 9am - 8pm
Josten Performing Arts Library 12-5 pm or by apt. josinfo@smith.edu
KnowledgeLab Closed

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What We Do

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Friends provide consistent and flexible income through annual membership dues. This support provides many tangible benefits for the libraries.

Strengthening Library Collections

We provide funding for special acquisitions to enrich the Libraries’ collections. Additionally, we support the FSCL Preservation Fund to protect rare and fragile materials in the collections.

Library Spaces and Equipment

Over the years, we have provided new furnishings and equipment as needed, and contributed to renovations both large and small. The renovation of the Friends of the Libraries Reading Room stands out as a major accomplishment for the Friends.

Supporting Students

Learning to take full advantage of library resources and services is essential to a successful academic career. The Friends encourage student attendance at Library Orientation with a token gift.

The lead-up to exams can be a stressful time, and students spend long hours in the libraries. The evening snacks we provide during reading period have proved to be a huge hit with the midnight oil crowd.

I Love My Library Day is held in mid-February with afternoon tea and fun activities for students to enjoy.

Students who work in the libraries play an essential part in day-to-day operations. We celebrate their work by plating books in honor of each senior library assistant when they graduate.

From time to time, we host panel discussions about careers in library and information science.

Building Endowment

Providing for the long-term well-being of the libraries has always been a strategic focus of Friends' support. We have created endowments over the years to address a variety of needs including acquisitions and conservation. A recent priority has been the FSCL Preservation Fund, created to repair and preserve valuable library materials.

Supporting Staff

An annual professional development grant enables staff members to pursue special training opportunities. A number of our instructional librarians have availed of the grant to attend the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program to hone their teaching skills. Other librarians have focused on training opportunities in curating digital collections and developing digital humanities programs.

Supporting the Smith Community

We underwrite access to the digital library JSTOR for Smith alumnae via the Alumnae Association website. See Services for Alumnae for information about this and other electronic resources the Libraries make available to alumnae.

We support research by providing travel stipends for qualifying visiting scholars to conduct research in the Libraries' Special Collections.

We host a number of fun and informative programs each year. See our playlist on YouTube.