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Services for Students in the Clark/Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art


Every graduate student is assigned a carrel on the library's upper level. Carrels have an internet hookup; an ethernet card is required to connect with the Williams network.


The Clark collection of 230,000 books, bound periodicals, and auction catalogs is non-circulating. Although books may not leave the library, students may keep books in their carrels. To do so, students may check materials out at the reference desk or at self-check stations located on the Upper Level and the Mezzanine. Students may access their Millennium accounts to renew books, check holds/recalls, and keep track of what they have checked out.

Interlibrary Loan

A strong interlibrary loan program is available through our membership in a museum/art library consortium and OCLC, a worldwide library service and research organization. ILL requests can be made through the ILLiad online request service (accounts are created for all incoming students).


Black-and-white or color photocopies are available upon request for a fee. Requests made Sunday through Thursday are usually ready by 10:30 a.m. the next day. Please note that there are no self-service photocopy machines.

Visual Resources

The Visual Resources Library contains a full range of tools for accessing, editing, and presenting digital images. Facilities are accessible to graduate students whenever the library is open. Reference services are available Monday through Friday during the library's public hours. Students may use the scanners and copystand on a walk-in basis, and are encouraged to make appointments for prior instruction as needed. For information or appointments, visit the Visual Resources Library on the ground floor of the library, e-mail Visual Resources, or call 413-458-0512.

Word-processing and E-mail

The library's public terminals are intended for library research. Word-processing and e-mail activity can take place at your own computer at your carrel, two designated terminals located in the ground-floor annex, and the Williams College computer center.


During fall orientation, the library provides an introductory tour; this is followed early in the semester by a bibliographical instruction, as well as orientations to electronic resources and visual resources.

Library Classes and Guides

Library classes are offered, at the instructor's request, to acquaint students with resources and research skills appropriate to the subject matter and requirements of the course. Each class includes a library guide or bibliography.

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