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About the Library

The Main Library Collections

The print collections of the Warren Hunting Smith Library have over a quarter of a million volumes, including the reference collection, the main stacks, bound periodicals and special collections. These collections are augmented by a variety of online resources, including citation databases, full‐text journals, electronic books and digital images.


Archives & Special Collections

The Colleges’ Archive maintains as complete a record as possible of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Frequently used material includes histories of both Hobart College and William Smith College, material relating to faculty governance and curricula, biographical material on alumnae, faculty, and staff, and histories of various campus facilities. The Archives also has a collection of personal and corporate papers, including the papers of David Bates Douglass, Adaline Glasheen, Archie Hayes Merrill, and the Saga Corporation. The Geneva Collection, consisting primarily of monographs written by and about faculty, alumnae, the Colleges, and Geneva, currently consists of more than 4,000 items. The College Archivist also curates the rare book collection, currently in excess of 7,000 volumes. The Archives & Special Collections are closed stack collections; materials are non-circulating and must be used in the collections’ reading room.

To learn more about the Archives and the materials in these collections, visit the Archives & Special Collections page.

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