Visit the Library Services During COVID-19 webpage for the most accurate and up to date information.

The Libraries have transitioned to offering services online and remotely. Smith and Five College books, DVDs, and other physical items in our collections are not available. See below for online and remotely offered library services. Please send any questions you may have to and we will reply.

Access to eResources

Find Online Sources: See our guide to finding online resources such as ebooks, articles, journals, media, class guides, and more. Also see Finding online materials for your course with the Libraries (PDF of workshop deck).

  • All library eResources are available from off-campus.
  • Use the links on the Libraries website and enter your Smith username and password when prompted.
  • If you have trouble accessing resources remotely, check out our FAQs or report the issue to Ask Us so we can help.

Social Work ResourcesSee our guide for SSW faculty and students.


Smith and Five College books, DVDs, and other physical items in our collections are not available while library buildings are closed. This includes materials at the Annex and the Five College Repository. Everyone, including Non-Smith borrowers, can return library items by using the book drop outside of the Young Library/Bass Hall.

Smith Books:

  • Loan periods have been extended through mid-September.
  • Library items that are returned late by Smith community members will not be charged any fees.
  • Recalls of books from all Five Colleges will be discontinued.
  • Many different eBook collections are available. Read more on the Find Books LibGuide.

Books From the Other Four Colleges:

  • You may take books with you that are borrowed from the four colleges (Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and UMass). Please either renew these online or return them to the Smith Libraries by the due date.

Interlibrary Loan:

  • Interlibrary Loan staff are working remotely and will try to fulfill all requests for materials that can be delivered electronically. Unfortunately, we cannot process any requests for borrowing physical material from other libraries at this time.
  • We encourage you to contact us with the sources you are looking for, no matter the original format, and we will attempt to either find them online for you, ask other libraries to scan requested materials, or suggest alternate sources.
  • Interlibrary Loan books (they have a colored paper band around the cover) can be returned in the book drop outside the Young Library/Bass Hall.

Research and Teaching Help

  • Research librarians, special collections curators and archivists, and Spatial Analysis Lab staff are available to provide subject-specific workshops remotely for your courses.
  • Schedule an appointment to meet via Zoom or by phone with research librarians.
  • Use Ask Us to submit questions, or send email to
  • SSW Students – Join our live SSW group drop-in hours for help from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays via Zoom at
  • Find your Library Liaison

Course Reserves

  • To request the purchase of online materials, including eBook copies of print materials you currently use with students, use the Book Request Form. Many titles are available from publishers in eBook form with unlimited simultaneous users, meaning multiple students can read them at the same time.
  • Print Reserves, including the scanning and converting of physical materials, are suspended until library services resume on campus. See Course Reserves.
  • To request that online resources (articles and more) be added as an URL link on Moodle, use the new Course Reserves request form. If you’re unfamiliar with how reserves work on Moodle, get in touch and we’ll walk you through it.
  • When requests are submitted for purchase, the Libraries will prioritize e-books and other digital materials.
  • Librarians are available to support Faculty with selecting alternative course materials. Please be in touch with your departmental library liaison or send your questions to:

Special Collections Research and Course Support

    • Find Online Sources: Special Collections: See our guide for finding Special Collections materials online.
    • Special Collections is offering services online and remotely. Minimal reference services will be managed remotely by staff. Smith course support is the primary responsibility at this time; all other services will be limited and delayed. Digitization services are not available at this time.
    • Special Collections course support requests should be directed to the relevant collection steward:
    • Reference inquiries that require materials investigation will be held in order of when they were received and responded to once the campus is opened.
    • General questions may be submitted to