Library & Museum


The Williams College Library collection of 700,000 volumes includes approximately 10,000 volumes on Asian Studies including 5,000 on China, 3,300 on Japan, and 1,700 on other aspects of Asian Studies. There are approximately 1,000 titles in Chinese and Japanese, 120 of which are videos. Out of the 3,300 journals to which the Library currently subscribes, 60 are in Asian Studies.

In addition, we are fortunate to have the resources of the Goodrich Library of Oriental Studies. The Goodrich collection was donated to Williams by Professor L. Carrington Goodrich ’17 and his wife, Mrs. Anne S. Goodrich. It consists of over 1,000 volumes on various aspects of Chinese studies. Sawyer Library also houses the collection of Professor Goodrich’s colleague Mr. Sidney D. Gamble. Donated by the Gamble family, the collection consists of over 200 volumes, mainly on Chinese history.

Library users can also quickly and easily page books from the collections of over a dozen other Northeast institutions through the New England Library consortium and the Boston Library Consortium. (These include Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Northeastern, Wellesley, Brown, the Boston Public Library, Boston University, Northeastern University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, five UMass campuses, Tufts, and Wood’s Hole.) An efficient interlibrary loan service provides access to other materials.

The Library each year allocates Asian Studies a budget for new acquisitions. Students are encouraged to suggest new titles directly to the Library.

Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is committed to the interpretation and display of the arts of Asia. It is especially strong in South Asian art. In addition to fostering research on and exhibition of the over 600 Asian objects in its permanent collection, the museum sponsors exhibitions and programs from organizations outside the college. Past exhibitions related to Asian Studies have included “Sacred Art of Tibet: Making a Mandala”, “Chinese Ink Painting”, “Art of India”, and “Japanese Woodblock Prints”.

Incorporation of WCMA collections and exhibitions in the college curriculum by students and faculty is encouraged. In addition, WCMA supports summer internships for undergraduates and operates a successful public school outreach program with 20-30 selected student volunteers.