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.
Within the new Sawyer Library, The Chapin Library offers the community access to collections of rare books and manuscripts from medieval times to the present, including the Founding Documents of the United States of America and Audubon’s Birds of America, which are on permanent display.
Changing exhibits highlight work from the collections and may dive into Renaissance books of natural history, poets in Harlem in the 1920s, 50 years of environmental sciences at the college and many many other subjects.
The College Archives here serve as the living memory of Williams, with holdings ranging from early student letters to current student newspapers, and The Chapin Library of Rare Books provide hands-on experience with primary source materials.
The John James Audubon’s Birds of America elephant folio, thematic exhibitions and archival materials appear in the Steven Schow’81 Gallery (Sawyer Library Rm 455) and the Founding Documents of the United States of America in the Chapin Gallery (Sawyer Library Rm 406).
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed holidays and during College Winter break.