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Smith Libraries Exhibits

Young Science Library

In the early days, Smith’s science departments each maintained their own libraries in different locations around campus. Among the disciplines with their own collections were chemistry, physics, botany, geology, zoology, and bacteriology. These individual libraries remained until 1965 when the Clark Science Center was built, and a science library was created in the new Sabin-Reed hall. At the time, it was still typical of most colleges to have discipline-specific libraries in the sciences.  Smith’s consolidated library was considered an innovative approach to managing scientific scholarly resources.