Using the Libraries

Williams Libraries are open to the public. Anyone may visit in person to view our collections and exhibits, and access most online resources from public computers. See library services updates for masking requirements.

We were designated a United States Federal Depository Library in 1858. We are committed to providing access to U.S. government information to the Williams community and beyond.

  • Williams College provides guest Wi-Fi access. This fast and robust network access is provided for visitors and patrons while on campus. Visit the Guest Wireless Access help guide to see how to connect.

  • The Libraries follow the College's policy on animals on campus. The Libraries public areas are included with classrooms and laboratories on the list of restricted areas. Service Animals are an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act and are not subject to these guidelines.  When entering or inside a library you may be asked if the dog is a service animal that is required due to a disability and what type of work or task the dog has been trained to do. Emotional Support Animals are an accommodation that is made based on a diagnosed medical need and are subject to these guidelines.

    The only exceptions to this restriction will be publicized events that involve animals, and that are designed as educational or stress relieving events for students and other users. When organizing such events care will be taken so that those who do not wish to interact with animals can conveniently avoid the event and make full use of the Libraries spaces and services.

    Under this policy staff may register their dogs and bring them to their private office spaces. While on campus, owners must ensure their animals refrain from aggressive, disruptive, and dangerous behaviors. If your use of the libraries is disrupted by an animal please report this to the Director of Libraries.