Clark Library Set to Reopen

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2013

Williamstown, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s library, which temporarily suspended operations to accommodate installation of a new fire protection system, reopens Tuesday, September 3, just before the start of the 2013-14 academic year at Williams College.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Spearheaded by head librarian Susan Roeper, the Clark’s library team coordinated the relocation of approximately 150,000 volumes­—roughly one-and-a-half miles of books—in just two weeks.

“The project was well conceived, and every team performed as planned, from the move out to the move back in,” Roeper said. “Despite being on hiatus for the summer, the library was able to serve our museum staff and fellows. We look forward to welcoming back both the public and the Williams College graduate classes of 2014 and 2015.”

As soon as classes ended at Williams College in late May, National Library Relocations of Islandia, New York moved in, bringing a ten-person team to pack 3,312 boxes that were loaded into twelve 24-foot trucks and transported to a remote storage facility. Crews from Consigli Construction, the construction manager for the renovation of the Manton Research Center, are working on a fast-track schedule to complete the project within an ambitious seventy-day schedule.

Some of the library’s resources are available online through its digital collections ( For additional information, call 413 458 0532 or email [email protected].

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

Press contact:
Amanda Powers

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