Sitting quietly with words and stories, our libraries hold rare treasures: a blue heron in a James Audubon folio, fabric pattern books from centuries past, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence…
- Williams College has renovated its Sawyer Library — in a design by the architects of the Apple Store on 5th Avenue and the High Meadow at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater — into a striking, sunlit and open space lit by three stories of windows. Within it, the Chapin Library of Rare Books holds exhibits from the Italian Renaissance to the Harlem Renaissance.
- The 300,000-volume art reference library at the Clark Art Institute is one of the major visual arts research centers in the country, and one of the very few accessible to the public, with open stacks available for anyone to browse.
- Local public libraries are a rich community resource, hosting readings, talks, and shows of regional artwork.
Williamstown’s public library.
Open to scholars, students, and the community.
Sawyer Library houses the social sciences and humanities collections for the college.
Houses book and journal collections in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, geosciences, and psychology.
The Chapin Library holds a deep collection of rare books and manuscripts gathered over the last 100 years — the first collection begun at any American college or university.
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In time for Earth Day, the library will have two thermal imaging cameras to check out. These cameras attach to a smartphone and show hot and cold spots, making it easier to find air leaks and poor insulation.