Williams Libraries are committed to the continued support of the teaching and research. Our top priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible online. In-person services have been adjusted in compliance with state and campus guidelines.
Last updated 9/8/2020
Sawyer and Schow libraries are opened to current Williams faculty, students and staff. Hours, spaces and services have been adjusted to create a safe environment for all who study and work in the buildings. Non-contact services remain available and recommended whenever possible to lower the number of people using library spaces at any one time.
Access to buildings
- Access requires swiping in with a current student, faculty, or staff college ID.
- Shorter hours are in effect.
- Access to Special Collections’ reading room and galleries is by appointment only.
- CET services have been adjusted and many of the CET rooms are closed.
- Face masks and social distancing are required at all times.
- Furniture has been re-arranged to meet social distancing standards. Seating capacity is reduced by approximately 50%.
- Food is no longer allowed in the libraries (except for covered drinks). Vending machines have been removed.
Use of buildings
- Signage clearly indicates designated sitting areas.
- Furniture must stay in assigned places.
- To meet state requirements of maximum occupancy, library users are not allowed to sit on the floor. If you can’t find a seat, you must leave.
- Maximum seating capacity in study and meeting rooms is set to one or two people.
- Fewer study carrels are available and have been assigned to thesis students through a lottery.
- Restrooms occupancy is set to one person. Hand dryers are off and replaced with paper towel dispensers.
- Elevators occupancy is reduced to one person.
Shared cleaning responsibility
Housekeeping colleagues have organized regular cleaning. Shared equipment such as printers will be disinfected at least daily. But the work can’t all fall on the custodians’ shoulders. Hygiene and sanitation are our shared responsibility. We ask that all those who use the libraries do frequently wash and sanitize hands, especially before using shared spaces, and wipe high-touch surfaces before and after contact. Sanitizing products are available at service points.
Continued non-contact services
- Request & Pick-up – For materials from the general collections and A/V equipment. Pick-up available within 24H (Monday-Friday) at the entrances of Sawyer and Schow. How to request items for pick-up. [Service available only to current faculty, students and staff]
- Request & Scanning – For scans of pages, chapters and sections. Priority is given to requests in support of Fall classes. Request scans. [Service available to current faculty, students staff, and other users with full Williams login credentials]
- Request & Delivery – When pick-up or scanning are not viable options, the library will ship materials off-campus. Except in cases of financial need, users are responsible for the cost of returning materials. We are not delivering to campus offices but materials will be delivered to students in quarantine. [Service available only to current faculty, students and staff]
Access to Special Collections
Current faculty, students and staff may schedule appointments to access materials in Special Collections. Schedule an appointment. Reference and research support is available via email. Researchers may request scans of Special Collections material, but scanning is limited based on staff availability and condition of the material. Priority for scanning service is given to requests in support of Fall classes.
Support for research and teaching
- Research assistance is only available online only through a virtual drop-in desk, chat, email and
- Liaison librarians are available to consult through online appointments.
- Special Collection librarians are available online to answer reference questions and discuss access to collections.
- Instruction librarians are available to work with faculty to plan fall courses that include research modules and/or library instruction to teach students research skills. See Teaching Research Skills for details of asynchronous and synchronous options.
- The online library is fully functional with (e-books, e-journals, streaming databases) through the library catalog. Remote services are described on the Study Away page. The Off-Campus Access page provides step by step instructions for connecting to library subscription services.
Interlibrary Loan is open. Requests are processed in a timely manner, but we do expect some difficulties securing some materials based on the level of services offered by lending libraries. ILL materials may be picked up in person, or made available through non-contact services. Place an interlibrary loan request.
Reserve & Streaming through Glow
- Streaming – We will digitize library-owned films and make them available in GLOW. Request streaming. For questions, contact Mary Dzbenski.
- Print Reserve – is not be available this fall. Guidelines concerning quarantine of circulating library materials rendered this service inoperable. Whenever possible, we will acquire ebook editions of materials needed. If an ebook is not available, where necessary to meet teaching goals, we will scan materials, up to and including whole books to be available via GLOW. During that time, the print copy will be made non-circulating.
Acquisitions of new materials
Purchase requests for new books, films, and other tangible materials are accepted. The acquisition process may take longer than usual due to altered workflows related to COVID-19. Since we cannot guarantee being able to fulfill rush orders, please submit requests as early as possible. Suggest a Purchase