Ask Us! Ask Us!

Does the library have textbooks?

We generally don't purchase textbooks for the collection, with the following exceptions:

  • The Archives acquires textbooks that are written by Williams professors.
  • Schow Science Library buys some general science textbooks as reference sources.
  • The College Council supplies both Sawyer and Schow with textbooks for a select number of classes with large enrollment.  These textbooks are placed on permanent reserve.  To find out whether the textbook you are looking for is available through this program, search FRANCIS under the reserves tab.

As always, check FRANCIS if you're not sure whether we have a textbook.  Your professor may have put a copy on reserve.