Welcome to the Chapin Library
The Chapin Library, together with College Archives and Special Collections, is located on the 4th floor of new Sawyer Library, one level up from the library public entrances on Level 3. Our main telephone number (serving both Chapin and Archives) is (413) 597-4200.
The Chapin Library offers the students and faculty of Williams College, together with the wider community of scholars, exciting opportunities for learning and research. The Chapin Library documents civilization, in the broadest sense of that word – people, places, events, and ideas – through rare books, manuscripts, and other primary source materials, in all subjects and periods of history, in support of the liberal arts education provided by Williams College. Created by an alumnus for the use of Williams undergraduates, it has carried out its mission of instruction and inspiration since 1923.
Hundreds of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars use the Chapin Library each year. Individually or in class groups, they benefit from one of the finest collections of rare books and manuscripts at any American college or university, and one that is also of international stature. Part of the Williams College Libraries and together with the Library of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Chapin Library is an important part of the substantial library facilities to be found in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is also a major art resource in the region, often used in conjunction with the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art.
The links in the menu bar at left lead to more detailed information on the Chapin Library and how to use it.