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Williams College is a liberal arts college located in Massachusetts, in Williamstown. It was established in 1793 and the campus today contains more than 100 residential, athletic and academic buildings. Despite its relatively small size, Williams College has produced an impressive number of prominent alumni over the years, including a President of the United States, a Nobel Prize Laureate and eight Pulitzer Prize winners.

Alumna Joey Horn obtained her BA in Biology at Williams College and is today on the board of trustees, which recently oversaw the construction and redevelopment of the new Sawyer Library project. Two of Joey Horn’s children attend Williams College. Joey Horn and her husband Ragnar Horn have made a philanthropic contribution to the library project.

The New Sawyer Library

The new Sawyer Library is the centrepiece of a new Williams College quadrangle, which is devoted to social sciences and the humanities. This encompasses two-thirds of the curriculum at Williams College, which also offers the sciences. The new library was designed by architects at the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, with a view to creating a hub of learning that could be easily refigured to accommodate emerging trends in the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.

The new Sawyer Library is integrated with the historic Stetson Hall, along with a brand-new four-storey facility. The new facility features a series of individual carrels, group study spaces and dedicated stations for the handling of archival and rare books and objects. There is also a Center for Educational Technology, where students have access to some of the latest state-of-the-art multimedia and digital technologies.

An exhibition space, teaching gallery and reading room make the archives of the college more accessible to students and faculty, as well as the rare books collection of the incorporated Chapin Library.

You can read more about the construction of the Sawyer Library in the attached PDF post.

Opening TimesThe opening times for the Sawyer Library are typically as follows:

  • The Sawyer Library is open from 8:00am right through until 2:30am Monday to Thursday, 8:00am until 10:00pm on Fridays, 9:00am until 10:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00am until 2:30am on Sundays.
  • Research Services can be accessed between 10:00am and 5:00pm, and again between 7:00pm and 10:00pm Monday to Thursday, from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Fridays and from 1:00pm until 5:00pm on Sundays. Research Services is not open on Saturdays.
  • Special Collections is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Special Collections is closed most weekends, with occasional 1:00pm until 5:00pm access on Saturdays.
  • The Schow Science Library is open from 8:00am until 2:00am Monday to Thursday, from 8:00am until 8:00pm on Fridays, 11:00am until 8:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00am until 2:00am on Sundays.

The Sawyer Library closes for public holidays.

The Center for Educational Technology

The Center for Educational Technology is part of the new Sawyer Library and houses state-of-the-art digital technologies accessible to both students and faculty. CET was designed to enhance the opportunities opened up through combining technology with learning. Librarians and instructional technologists are on hand to assist and the student help desk is also situated in CET.

The Chapin Library

The Chapin Library was established in 1923 as a repository for rare, old and important books. Beginning with 9,000 volumes acquired by benefactor Alfred Clark Chapin, alumni and trustee of Williams College, the Chapin Library today houses more than 60,000 volumes along with over 100,000 other objects including maps, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, drawings and prints. Until July 2014, the Chapin Library was maintained as an individual college department. Since that time, it has been integrated into the new Sawyer Library complex, partnered with Special Collections and College Archives.