Mount Holyoke students eagerly await for their senior year, excited to begin the final chapter of their Mount Holyoke story. This memorable year kicks off during Convocation, as seniors don their graduation robes for the first time. A lesser-known rite of passage occurs later in September, however, when students line up in the library to choose their carrels — highly sought-after study desks tucked away in the Williston Library stacks — for the year.
The Williston Library, one of the most stunning college libraries in the country, is home not only to thousands of books, journals and online resources, but also to myriad places for students to research, try new things and build on their skills. From reading rooms to a computer diagnostic center, these diverse and unique spaces offer a haven for students to work, discover and reflect.
Every aspect of Williston Library — one of the most beautiful campus libraries in the country — is central to a student’s Mount Holyoke education. In addition to housing extensive print collections in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, the library provides access to digital resources from anywhere on campus or around the world.
Do you believe in supporting the vibrant spaces and resources housed within one of the most beautiful campus libraries in the country? Are you interested in helping preserve Mount Holyoke’s history? By choosing a destination — such as the Library and Archives — for your gift through The Mount Holyoke Fund, you enrich Mount Holyoke’s academic experience, support the pursuit of knowledge and empower incredible students like Emily Isakson ’19.
Ellen Safier Goodman '64 says her “MHC experiences on campus continue to inspire my life,” even though her few years here were many years ago. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a degree in English and teaching for a few years, she earned a PhD at Brown University and dedicated her entire career to education. Her passion for learning continues each and every day in all the artistic, cultural, and community activities she engages in.
What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? How to be fully engaged in life in all its variety.
What's your favorite spot on campus? Two come to mind: the breath-taking library and the waterfall between Upper and Lower Lake.
Ruanjia Hu '05 graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 2005 with a double major in economics and psychology. She is grateful for the education she received at MHC, which led her to where she is today. We recently caught up with Ruanjia:
What's the greatest lesson you learned while at MHC? There is no time that is wasted. However many turns it takes on the road to the destination, every turn counts.
What's your favorite spot on campus? I like brunch time shared with friends at Prospect by the lake, starry night with a cup of hot chocolate at the observatory, and all the time I spent in the antique book room in the library. My ultimate favorite has to be Reese lower level which are all lab rooms and workshop.
You recently made a gift to MHC. Can you tell us what inspired you to give? I have given before. Lately work has been hectic and I have not got enough time to reflect. The recent mail I received from MHC "Because we met" was very touching and brought back many fond memories.
The library is arguably the most important building on any college campus. Libraries provide an endless supply of knowledge as well as a unique space for learning and collaborative education. Mount Holyoke is blessed with one of the most stunning college libraries in the country: the Williston Memorial Library.
The first library on campus was built in 1870, north of the Seminary Building. The two were connected by a 45-foot corridor that was torn down in 1896 to save the library from the fire that destroyed the original Seminary Building. In 1904, this library was torn down to make room for the construction of a new facility, which was completed in 1905. It was named Williston Memorial Library in 1917 to honor A. Lyman Williston, the “humble, modest, sensible, wise” benefactor who donated liberally to Mount Holyoke and spearheaded several of its construction committees.