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Neilson Library

Pursue new ideas. Uncover history that has been overlooked. Work with classmates to create something original. Grab a cup of coffee with a professor to discuss a concept from class. Laugh with friends in the café as you work on a paper. Enjoy the view from the roof balcony while you collect your thoughts. You’re in Neilson Library, an intellectual meeting place at the heart of campus, and life is full of possibilities.

10 Reasons to Love the New Neilson

There are plenty of reasons to love Neilson Library. Read the Fall 2021 issue of the
Smith Alumnae Quarterly to discover some of them.



Experience Neilson Library

Take a Virtual Tour
Enter a magical world of connection, learning, discovery and beauty.

Skylight above circular staircase in Neilson Library

Hear What Students
Have to Say
Amazing. Impressive. Cool. You have to come see it!


Celebrate a Legacy of Women’s Leadership
New spaces to honor women’s history.



Photo of students studying at a table in the library.

“... Each floor echoes with the voices of students, faculty, staff and alums who dreamed of creating a library befitting of Smith’s stature as a leader in higher education.”
President Kathleen McCartney


The Academic Heart of Campus

As libraries keep evolving, Neilson will continue to foster bold creativity, expand intellectual boundaries and invite everyone to participate equally in dynamic scholarly exchange.


Neilson Library is Leed Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more about Smith's green and efficient buildings.

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Library Services

Learn about borrowing and requesting materials, research assistance and a variety of other services.

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The Compass

Enjoy a snack or meal at the new library café. Check out the libraries website for The Compass menu and hours.

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Giving Opportunities

Philanthropic support will continue to fund exciting new programming and initiatives at Neilson.

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