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Today's Hours

Young Library Closed
Special Collections Closed
Hillyer Art Library 9am - 4pm
Josten Performing Arts Library 9am - 4pm
KnowledgeLab Closed

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Libraries' Service Desk

Call 413-585-2910



Locations & Study Spaces

Smith College Libraries collections and services are distributed across the campus in four locations:  Neilson Library, Hillyer Art Library, Werner Josten Performing Arts Library, and Robert and Anita O’K. Young Science Library. Each library offers a variety of study spaces and staff to assist users with their research and help them access collections at Smith and beyond.

The Libraries provide a range of study spaces for individuals and groups ranging from quiet to noise-tolerant which are furnished with a variety of seating and technology options including individual carrels, reservable study rooms, traditional library reading tables, easy chairs and sofas, as well as collaborative group-work set-ups with movable furniture, whiteboards, screen sharing software, and media equipment.

Coming Soon! SmithScape

screenshot SmithScapeHave you already asked yourself this question? The Libraries have a solution: SmithScape, a new app for Smithies! SmithScape will help students find places to study across campus that meet specific criteria, such as lighting and ambient noise, as well as the availability of amenities such as printers, whiteboards, outlets, and vending machines.

The app is free and will be available this summer in pilot mode via the Libraries’ website, as well as via the App Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android. The app will be officially released to the campus community in Fall 2017.

Stay tuned for more information!

Spaces for Individual Study

Quiet, bring your own technology

Young Library

Hillyer Art Library

Werner Josten Performing Arts Library

  • Soft seating (upholstered chairs)
    • Mezzanine
    • Reference Room - 1st floor

Study Alone Together

Quiet to low conversation, bring your own technology

Young Library

  • Large study tables - first floor

Hillyer Art Library

  • Large study tables distributed throughout the 1st and 2nd floors

Werner Josten Performing Arts Library

  • Large study tables
    • Reference room- 1st floor
    • Mezzanine
  • Special facilities for music study
    • Listening table (turntables for vinyl, CD, cassette) - Mezzanine
    • Piano - Mezzanine, J131, J133

Collaborative Group Study  

Noise tolerant, some areas equipped with technology to support collaborative work

Young Library

  • Large study tables — first floor

Hillyer Art Library

  • Hillyer 119 classroom - 1st floor
    • 1 large-screen TV with screen sharing, whiteboard walls, movable tables and chairs

Werner Josten Performing Arts Library

  • J133 classroom - 1st floor (contact to reserve)
    Large-screen TV with screen sharing, whiteboard, blackboard, piano, VCR, DVD
  • J132 A, B, C, D reservable small group (1-3 people) listening/viewing rooms - 1st floor (contact to reserve)
    Sound proof, turntables, CD, DVD, VCR, cassette decks
  • J131 Rare Book Room - 1st floor (contact to reserve)
    Large-screen TV with screen sharing, blackboard, piano, VCR, DVD, USB turntable