News and Exhibits

The Great American Eclipse

Before (or after) viewing – safely! – the Great American Eclipse on August 21st, be sure to visit the Special Collections Instruction Gallery for a display of related works from the 1476 Calendarium of Regiomontanus to Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889), drawn from the collections… Continue reading »

Libraries Closed on August 14

All libraries will be closed on Monday, August 14, due to a planned electrical shutdown affecting the entire campus. Although the library buildings will be closed, you can still access library collections and resources, including: the library catalog, including e-books and streaming audio and video subscription databases and research tools… Continue reading »

Check out the new look!

Our library catalog is getting a makeover in August!  The new interface incorporates a flat, responsive design that provides a more intuitive user experience.  This allows users to get to the information they need more quickly. You can get a sneak preview* of the new look, and make sure… Continue reading »

Foundations of the Earth

“Foundations of the Earth: The Literature of Geology” presents rare books of the 15th to 19th centuries from the Chapin Library’s collections to celebrate 200 years of teaching Geosciences at Williams. Complementing the Archives exhibition in the Steven Schow Gallery (Sawyer 455), the new display looks at the larger history… Continue reading »

Congratulations Student Thesis Writers!

Student theses from 2017 are now available online in Unbound: Williams Digital Collections. Note: Some theses require a Williams username and password to read them. For assistance, Ask A Librarian, contact College Archives, or stop by Special Collections on the 4th floor of Sawyer… Continue reading »

Faculty Scholarship @ Williams

New exhibits at Sawyer Library and Schow Science Library showcase recent creative and scholarly works by Williams professors that were submitted for the Dean of Faculty’s end of year reception. Stop by the lobby and atrium at Sawyer to view What Are They Thinking, featuring materials by professors in the arts, humanities, and… Continue reading »

Imagining American Union

America has always been in search of a more perfect union. The sheer diversity and size of the country, while a great blessing, is also a constant source of strife: how can so many different people agree on the common good? Who is allowed to craft this myth? How do… Continue reading »

Our Sun

Now on display at the Schow Science Library, books featuring the topic of our sun and eclipses. Presented in conjunction with Professor Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, and the Sigma Xi Spring Lecture Series, these books have been selected by and from the personal library of, Professor Pasachoff.  The… Continue reading »

“Take Due Notice” of Native presence and absence

In this Chapin Gallery exhibit on view until May 12, 2017, Library Special Collections contributes to the campus-wide dialog sparked by the Log mural depicting Ephraim Williams and Hendrick Peters Theyanoguin, and contextualizes the relationship between Williams College and Native Americans. Library collections reveal the presence of Native Americans… Continue reading »

The Map as Narrative

We’ll always have Paris . . . at least until the end of March, in the exhibition The Map as Narrative: Cartographic Evolution of Parisian Space, 1836–2015. Now on view in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408), this display stems from the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of… Continue reading »