Science Research & Collections

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Young Science Library is Closed for the Spring 2017 Semester

As part of the transition for the New Neilson Library project, Young Science Library will be closed for the duration of the spring 2017 semester.  Frequently circulated books from the Young Collection are located on Level B of Neilson Library. The rest of the collections will be in storage. See this page for ways to access items from the collections.

The Collection

The principal focus of the Science collection is the support of the curriculum in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy, Exercise and Sport Studies, Geosciences, History of Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, and Psychology. The collection includes over 183,000 volumes, 22,900 microforms, 481 print and 1,722 electronic journals, 158,799 maps, and makes available numerous electronic resources including access to the Internet. The Science collection including books, reports, and journals is discoverable through the Five College Library Catalog. See information about how to access the collection during construction.

Electronic Resources

The Libraries provide a large array of electronic resources. See the "Science Research Guides" listed at the top of tihs page, or the Libraries' Research page for more options.

Assistance in using the Smith Libraries electronic resources may be requested during regular reference hours. For tutorials, please contact a Science Librarian. Librarian-mediated searching of the Dialog and STN electronic information systems, which offer additional computer database options, is available by appointment.


The Libraries subscribe to over 700 scientific journals. The Five College Library Catalog provides journal holdings and location information. The Libraries also make available a growing list of electronic journals. To access the Library's electronic journals, use the Journal Locator.

Map Collection

The Young Science Library houses over 154,600 U. S. Geological Survey, U. S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and Canadian Geologic Survey topographical and geologic sheet maps. The collection also includes gazetteers, atlases, manuscript, and wall maps. Most of this collection is located on the Library's lower floor; a large number of maps are also in storage. Assistance in identifying and locating maps is available at the Information Desk. Visit the Science Library's Class of 1935 Map Room for additional information. Also see the Libraries list of Online Map Resources.

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