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Using the Libraries

Visiting the Libraries

The Vassar College Libraries welcome all visitors.  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Visitors who wish to make regular use of the libraries should apply for a Guest Borrower card.  All library patrons must adhere to the Acceptable Behavior Policy. 

Vassar is a part of the Federal Depository Library Program, which provides public access to selected documents published by the Federal Government. More information is available via the Government Information guide. For help accessing and using the Government Documents collection, email

Access to the Libraries

The Thompson Library and Art Library are open to all users from 8:30AM-5:00PM on weekdays during the academic year.  Access during evening and weekend hours is limited to current Vassar students and employees.  The Libraries maintain shorter hours during holidays and academic breaks, including summer.  Please refer to the Library hours for more information.

The Music Library is located within Skinner Hall and is subject to the building access policies for Skinner Hall.  Visitors wishing to access the Music Library during breaks or summer should contact the Music Library directly.  Please note that access to the Music Library does not grant access to use other facilities within Skinner Hall. 

The Archives and Special Collections Library is available to researchers by appointment only.  Please email or call (845) 437-5799 for more information.

For information about access for persons with disabilities, see Accessibility.

Acceptable Behavior Policy

Vassar College Libraries are committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for patrons and staff.  All library users must comply with Vassar College Regulations.  Library or college staff may require that a user leave the library if they determine that patrons’ behaviors are creating an unsafe or disruptive environment.  Examples of behaviors that are prohibited in the libraries include, but are not limited to: 

  • Any illegal activity, including drug and alcohol use

  • Smoking or vaping

  • Misuse of college computers

  • Damage or theft of library materials, furniture, or equipment

  • Damage or theft of other patrons’ or staff property

  • Abuse, threats, discrimination, or harassment of any kind, including toward library staff

  • Prolonged or excessive noise

  • Riding any vehicles, except for service vehicles

  • Refusing to leave when the library closes or when instructed by staff


Mac and PC computers are located in the Reference Room and at various places throughout the building.   All the libraries have wireless access using Eduroam, or through our Guest Wifi Access.


VPrint printers are located in the north side of the Main Library (first and second floors), on the first floor of the Music Library, and on the main level of the Art Library. The VPrint system requires a Vassar ID or a VPrint card.  For more information about purchasing a VPrint card, please see the Main Library Circulation Desk or the Music Library Circulation Desk.

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