Library Services for 2020-21

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.

Current Status: Last updated 02/16/2021

Libraries are open to current Williams faculty, students and staff (swipe card access to buildings). Hours, spaces and services have been adjusted to create a safe environment for all who study and work in the buildings. Non-contact services are available and recommended whenever possible to lower building occupancy at any one time.

Library services for Spring 2021 (2/15 – End of Spring term):

    • Access is restricted to student studying on campus, faculty, and staff.
    • Entrance to buildings is by swipe-card access.
    • 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.

    • Signage 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.
    • 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.
    • In accordance to campus policy for 2021, rooms can't be reserved by students. Faculty may reserve rooms through EMS

    Shared cleaning responsibility: Housekeeping colleagues have organized regularly 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. 

  • 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 - If pick-up or scanning are not viable options, the library can ship materials to addresses in the continental US. Except in cases of financial need, users are responsible for the cost of shipping materials back to the library. There are no deliveries to campus offices.  There will be no deliveries to dorms during the initial phase of quarantine at the start of the semester. Past the initial quarantine, students who test positive to COVID-19 and are quarantined may request deliveries.  How to request items for delivery. [Service available to current faculty, students staff, and other users with full Williams login credentials]

  • 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.

  • 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. Place an interlibrary loan request.

    Services are available to current faculty, students, staff, and users with full Williams login credentials.  Service include:

    • Scans of articles and/or book chapters
    • Borrowing of tangible materials (books, videos). For users with swipe-card access to campus buildings: borrowed materials may be picked up at the service desks or through non-contact service in Sawyer and Schow. For off-campus users, the library will ship materials to addresses in the continental US. Except in cases of financial need, users are responsible for the cost of shipping materials back to the library.

    • 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.

  • 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. The library is currently not accepting donations of books for the general collection. See the library's Acquisitions Policy for Gifts for more information.