Facemasks are required for all individuals age 5 and older regardless of vaccination status. See for details.

Library Services During COVID

HOURS AND Availability

Hours by appointment

The library is open by appointment, Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, to:

  • Independent Scholars
  • Researchers in the field of Art/Art History
  • Williams Faculty
  • Williams Undergraduates

Please see Onsite Research, below, for more information. Call 413-458-0532 or email [email protected] to inquire about making an appointment.

Extended hours

The library is open for extended hours, with ID card access, to:

  • Students and Faculty in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art
  • Clark Visiting Scholars
  • Holders of assigned carrels

Extended hours are:
Sunday                          9 am to 11 pm
Monday – Thursday      8 am to 11 pm
Friday                            8 am to 6 pm
Saturday                        9 am to 6 pm

Reader's cards issued prior to September 2020 are invalid until further notice. Reader's cards will be re-issued or renewed when the library is able to fully re-open.


Reference service

Reference and research services are available Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Please call 413-458-0532 or email [email protected] for assistance.

Onsite research

The Clark library is offering reservations for library users wishing to book a seat by appointment.

Making reservations a day in advance is recommended, though not required. Please email [email protected] or call 413-458-0532 for information.  

The library stacks are open and during the time of your appointment you are welcome to browse.  Materials can be identified ahead of time by searching the library online catalog.

Visiting the Library

Please see below for policies and procedures the library is following to keep all library users safe during this time of COVID-19.

Click here for answers to frequently-asked questions about the library.

Library Policies

Using materials by appointment

Library materials may not be taken out of the library, including into the Reading Room.

If you need to use books for more than one day, we will assign a shelf for you to place your books on.

Signing In and Out

All library users are asked to sign in at the entrance desk on arrival and sign out on departure. 

If you leave the library for more than ten minutes, please sign out and sign in again when you return.

Food and Drink

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

Do Not Reshelve

Please do not reshelve any materials you use. Leave them on any nearby reshelving cart.

Scanners for public use

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

Scans can be emailed or saved to a USB drive. New USB drives are available for purchase at the library reference desk for a nominal fee.


Library users with an appointment are seated on the Ground Floor, with access to the stacks and to the restrooms and public scanners on the Lower Level.

All visitors to the Clark are required to show proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the Clark's facilities, including the library.

Face masks must be worn at all times in the library.

 If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 10 days, or have been advised to self-quarantine within the last 10 days, please reschedule your visit to a later time.

Click here for further information regarding Clark health and safety protocols.