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Cicero De Oratore 1465

Cicero, De Oratore,
the earliest extant book
printed in Italy (Subiaco:
Sweynheym and Pannartz,
before 30 September 1465)

At upper left:
Wood-engraving of
Stetson Hall
by John DePol
(1913–2004)

Welcome to the Chapin Library

The Chapin Library, together with College Archives and Special Collections, is now closed to prepare for our move from temporary quarters to the new Stetson Hall-Sawyer Library. We look forward to resuming service to faculty, students, and visiting scholars, and to a new program of exhibitions and events, in late July 2014.

Chapin Library collections and research services will not be available until the opening of the new library. Staff will not be able to answer research questions or provide access to materials, due to the complexity of our move.

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. Together with the Williams College Libraries and 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.

Due to renovation of our rooms in Stetson Hall and the pending construction of a new library/information technology center, the Chapin Library has been in temporary quarters in the historic Southworth Schoolhouse. During this period, and while the Chapin Library and College Archives are in the process of moving into the new library (January–July 2014), no exhibitions are on view. The Library's collection of the Founding Documents of the United States, however, is on temporary display at 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.


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This page was last updated on 20 December 2013