Research Services & Resources


Research assistance is available by phone (413 458 0532), by email, or in person.  The reference desk is staffed Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Electronic Resources

Link to an extensive list of databases and websites for researching in Art History and related disciplines.

While many of the databases are available only from the Clark/Williams campus, links also include materials of interest to art researchers that are freely available online.

Research Guides

Clark library online research guides can jump-start your research by suggesting rich arrays of books, databases, websites, and other resources in the field of Art History.

Library Policies

Signing in and out

All library users are asked to sign in on arrival and out upon departure. All bags are inspected on departure.


Free WiFi is available throughout the library.

Food and Drink

With the exception of covered water bottles, food and drink are not allowed in the library or in the Reading Room.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Borrowing

Interlibrary loan accounts are created for all incoming Clark research staff, Clark/Williams graduate students, and Visiting Scholars. 

Williams College faculty and undergraduates enrolled in graduate-level Art History courses may stop by the reference desk or email [email protected] to request an ILL account.

Interlibrary Lending

The Clark Library is a member of OCLC and of the SHARES library consortium. We will consider lending to non-SHARES libraries under specific conditions:
  • Items borrowed are strictly IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY.
  • U.S. libraries are charged $25/loan and $10/article, payable through IFM. Overseas libraries are charged $30/loan and $10/article, payable through IFM or in exchange for IFLA vouchers.
  • Return items must be packed in boxes (NO JIFFY BAGS) and shipped via trackable carrier.
  • The borrowing library takes full responsibility for the care and shipping of any item loaned, and for replacement or repair if the item is lost or damaged.
Non-SHARES libraries able to meet these conditions may place requests through OCLC. We also accept requests via:
  • Email  ([email protected])
  • Mail (The Clark Library, Interlibrary Loan, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA  01267)
  • Telephone (413 458 0532)

Digital scanning


Self-service scanners are available on the Lower Level for scanning books and microform materials.

The overhead scanner may be used to make multi-page PDF scans in color, grayscale, and black-and-white. Scans are saved to a USB drive.

The microform scanner can be used to scan microfilm and microfiche to PDF in grayscale and black-and-white. Scans are saved to a USB drive.

Flatbed scanners connected to computers equipped with Photoshop, PowerPoint, and other software may be used to scan images. Scans are saved to a USB drive.
New USB drives are available for purchase at the library reference desk for a nominal [replacement cost] fee.

Scanning Services

For library users with Clark library Interlibrary Loan accounts, scanning services are available for Clark books and journals and for materials obtained through Interlibrary Loan. 

Scanning for publications

Researchers needing high-quality images from Clark library books for a publication should contact Rights and Reproductions for information and to place a request.


Using Materials in the Library

The Clark Library collections are non-circulating; materials may not leave the Library building and may not be used in the Reading Room.

Library users with circulation accounts may check out books to their offices or carrels within the museum campus.

Requesting Materials

Library users with circulation accounts may place requests for materials not available in the stacks by clicking the “Request This Item” button or link in the library online catalog.

Library users without circulation accounts should stop by the reference desk or email to ask about retrieving these materials.

Visitors needing materials retrieved from offsite storage should call 413 458 0532 or email The Library at least three days in advance.