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Library Orientation: Fall 2020

Welcome to Hampshire College! This guide will give you a brief overview of all the Harold F. Johnson library has to offer you as students.


Educating for change: A Vision for the Hampshire Library

The Hampshire College library is a dynamic hub of people, technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and vision for the future. The library's innovative and risk-taking intellectual environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding.

While the common vision for a library may be one of a physical space, during this unprecedented time of pandemic, this is a time to reimagine what a library can look like–a collective of people and services that can be deployed to help you achieve creative and intellectual goals. 

We aspire to:

  • Serve as a welcoming social and intellectual center of the College.
  • Partner with students, faculty, and staff in reimagining the library.
  • Embrace transformations in research and collections, building on the foundational collaboration between collections, technology, and media to redefine library services.
  • Create connections between people, tools, and ideas.
  • Empower a creative and energetic staff to experiment, expand the library's reach across campus, and anticipate student needs in a rapidly changing world.
  • Adapt and design collections, formats, and access to promote an open learning environment.

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