Advance timed ticket reservations are required. Clark members do not need a reservation. Face masks optional for fully vaccinated visitors. See for details.
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Library Services During COVID


Public hours

The library is currently closed to the general public.  

Hours by appointment

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

  • Independent Scholars
  • Researchers in the field of Art/Art History
  • Williams Faculty
  • Williams Undergraduates enrolled in graduate-level courses

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 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 researchers wishing to book a seat by appointment.

Reservations must be made a day in advance. Please email [email protected] or call 413-458-0532 for information.  

The library stacks are currently closed.  Once your reservation is confirmed, you may request the library materials you will need, up to a limit of 10 books.  Materials can be found by searching the library online catalog.

If you have a library circulation account, please request books through your circulation account.  If you do not have a circulation account, you will receive instructions about how to request books through email.

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.


Only library staff may access the stacks to pull books, ensuring that books are safe to use on delivery.

All library users have a designated seat, whether a carrel, an office, or an assigned seat during an appointment.  Library users with an appointment are seated on the Ground Floor and have access to the Lower Level, where restrooms and a public scanner may be used.

Each appointment seat in the library is assigned only once per day. 

Face masks are optional (though welcome and encouraged) for those who are fully vaccinated and required for those who are not.  You must bring your own mask.

Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building.

 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.