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.
Throughout the centuries, history has been recounted through countless media: books, photographs, movies and more. One of the newest modes of storytelling comes in a cute pocket-sized booklet, a zine (pronounced zeen). Short for magazine or fanzine, and usually handmade, zines can be thought of as small scrapbooks that are reproduced several dozen times for a larger audience and used to document everything from recipes to historical movements.
Mount Holyoke’s Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) is many things at once: a premier research library, an award-winning teaching and learning facility, a technology and media hub, a repository for the College’s rich history. With a dedicated team serving the Mount Holyoke College community, the library and archives inspire learning, reflection and creativity, stimulating ideas through the power of technology, discovery and collaboration.
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.