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Summer 2020

Library facilities remain closed due to the COVID-19 emergency. We expect to progressively expand services and offer some level of access to the collections in July. 

  • The online library (databases, e-books, e-journals, streaming services and online finding aids) remains open. Access is available through the library catalog, the A-Z list of databases, and ArchivesSpace.
  • Purchase requests for new books are accepted but we are only acquiring e-book editions and prioritizing materials for curricular needs.Use the Suggest a Purchase form. 
  • We are offering limited interlibrary loan services delivering only electronic documents that we are able to obtain from libraries that are still open
  • Digitization of library-owned DVDs to Glow is not available. Please consider using films from the library's streaming services.

For a description of all available remote services, visit the Study Away page. For instructions to connect remotely to library subscription services, see the Off-Campus Access page and this instructional video.

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.

Technology Support

  • For issues related to remote teaching, visit the ITech Drop-In support room
  • Trouble connecting?  Email  
  • For issues related to your device, network access, Adobe licenses, Microsoft Office, or PeopleSoft: Email  

Get to know your liaisons

Departments and programs are assigned a librarian and an instructional technologist to support the teaching and research needs of their faculty and students. 

Library Liaisons:  

  • work with faculty to build library collections 
  • teach library instruction sessions for courses
  • consult on ways to integrate information literacy into courses  
  • provide research assistance 
  • assist in navigating library services (consult and refer) 

Contact Your Library Liaison 

Instructional Technology Liaisons:
The Instructional Technology (ITech) group works to enhance the teaching, learning and scholarly work of the College through the creative and sustainable application of technology. 

ITech liaisons, 

  • provide technology support 
  • assist with GLOW, course management system used at Williams 
  • consult with faculty on how to integrate technology into teaching and design assignment furthering media literacy 

​Contact Your ITech Liaison

Search the collections

Schow and Sawyer Libraries

Materials in Schow and Sawyer libraries are discoverable through the library catalog.The catalog provides a simple, one-stop search for books, e-books, videos, articles and digital media. It includes: 

  • All items owned by Williams Libraries
  • Articles, proceedings, and digital materials from a variety of licensed and open source databases
  • Items in Unbound, Williams' digital repository

Special Collections

While most materials from College Archives and Chapin Library are discoverable through the library catalog, several collections are not yet cataloged. For more information, check  Archives Collections,  and Chapin Library Collections, or contact  or


We provide access to several collections of e-books.  You may ask the library to purchase e-books - if the title is available through our e-book vendors, we'll add it to the collection. However, due to publishers' practices, we are frequently unable to purchase individual titles not offered through our vendors.  For additional information, contact your collection liaison

Articles Databases and E-Journals 

The library provides access to a comprehensive collection of e-journals and databases across disciplines. For a  list of electronic resources, consult our A-Z  Databases list. If you need access to a database not listed, contact your collection liaison

Streamed Content

In partnership with OIT, the library offers:

  • Digitization of library-owned films with access through GLOW (course management system)
  • Purchase of streaming rights from streaming distributors (e.g. Films for the Humanities)
  • Access to licensed streaming databases

How to Request Streaming



Off-campus access (video) 

Campus access  available to

New York Times 

Wall Street Journal 

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