News and Exhibits

50% of circulating print collection now available online through HathiTrust

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250,000 library books are now available online through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service. That's nearly 50% of our print collection. This emergency access to copyrighted materials is in addition to the 6.5 million out-of-copyright titles already accessible through HathiTrust. All you need to do to access these books is to log in to HathiTrust. Read on for more information. Continue reading »

Library Services for Spring 2020

Williams Libraries are committed to the continued support of the research and teaching of faculty and students.  Our top priority is to ensure that as many resources and services as possible are accessible remotely. In-person services will be adjusted as needed in compliance with campus guidelines.  Visit this page often to check on changes to services, hours and access

Last updated: 4/1/2020 – 5pm 

In light of  Governor Baker’s 3/23/2020 and 3/31/2020 orders to  “minimize all unnecessary activities outside of the home during the state of emergency”, in order  to mitigate the spread of the virus and  for the safety of our staff:

  • library facilities are closed
  • there is no access to the tangible collections (no paging, nor scanning)
  • faculty can still borrow A/V  equipment through appointment (with a 24H advance notice and a maximum loan period of three-days non-renewable). Contact  Nadine Nance, Head of Access Services with equipment requests.

We will review these access protocols by May 4, 2020 (ending date of the Governor’s order) to decide how to best support the second half of the spring semester.

The library’s online resources (e-books, e-journals, streaming databases) remain available. Nearly 50% of the circulating print collection is available online through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). We’ve enabled access e-book collections made temporarily freely accessible by EBSCO, Project Muse and Cambridge University Press.

For questions about access to materials in Archives or Chapin Library, please contact the Special Collections team.

As access to resources continues to fluctuate, you may need to rethink the type of materials you wish to use. Librarians are available to discuss alternative digital sources (through and beyond the library) and to brainstorm ways of integrating those in newly revised syllabi and/or restructured research projects. To speak with a librarian, use the Ask A Librarian service or contact your liaison librarian.

Faculty might also find it helpful to join in the ongoing discussions on the Glow Remote Instruction Faculty Forum, an excellent place to connect with  colleagues also in the process of adjusting syllabi and assignments.

Summary of Online resources and services

For a description of all available remote services, visit the Study Away page. The Off-Campus Access page provides step by step instructions to connect to library subscription services.

Librarians are available to assist with questions of access to resources and/or conducting research. You may reach librarians through the Ask A Librarian service or by contacting your liaison librarian.

Access to the libraries and collections:
Access to library facilities and the tangible collections is closed to all users until further notice and deliveries to faculty offices are suspended.

For questions and/or request assistance:  you may use the online Ask A Librarian service or reach out to your library liaison or to Special Collections librarians.

The COVID-19 Williams Experience Project: seeking submissions

In light of these extraordinary times, we in the Libraries are interested in documenting the wide range of recent Williams’ experiences. This documentation, called The Covid-19 Williams Experience Project, will be collected, preserved for posterity, and made accessible by Special Collections. We are reaching out to you as students,… Continue reading »

Paul Whiteman Collection Fellowship

If current restrictions on travel and campus activities are lifted, Williams College Special Collections Department will be pleased to again offer a short-term fellowship to an individual conducting on-site research in the Paul Whiteman collection. The 1-2-week fellowship includes the cost of travel to Williamstown and accomodations within… Continue reading »

Endangered, Extinct, Sublime: New World Colonialism and Climate Change

"Endangered, Extinct, Sublime: New World Colonialism and Climate Change" examines the description and depiction of settler colonialism and its relationship to the climate through three tropes: the Endangered, the Extinct, and the Sublime. This exhibit is on display in the Chapin Gallery (4th floor of Sawyer Library) during regular Special Collections hours through the end of June 2020. Continue reading »

Library launches zine collection

On the Zine. Promotional graphic for zine collection

To celebrate the launch of the library's circulating zine collection, join us on March 4 for a panel discussion with zine librarian Jenna Freedman, and zine makers Haley Bossé '20 and Andrew Cornell as they discuss zines, zine-making practices and the place of zines in higher education and libraries.  [3:30 PM Sawyer 24/7 Reading Room].  The panel discussion will be followed by an zine-making workshop at 5:30 PM.  More information at: Continue reading »

New Schow Display: Celebrating Black History Month in the Sciences

People of color (POC) have made invaluable contributions to all scientific disciplines and subjects, including space exploration (Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, Annie Easley), environmental conservation (George Washington Carver), drug synthesis (Percy Julian), and neurosurgery (Alexa Canady). These contributions have saved lives and improved our understanding of our universe… Continue reading »

Poetry and Second Wave Feminism

Banner showing key poets and bookcovers of the Second Wave movement

A new student-curated exhibit in our Special Collections Instruction Gallery celebrates Poetry and Second Wave Feminism. Students in Dr. Bethany Hicok’s ENGL113 course have selected, researched, and presented materials that contribute to creating the rich intertextual story of the feminist poetics and politics they have been studying this semester. Continue reading »