photo: Sarah Gilman

The Science Library supports the curriculum and studying of the sciences at Wellesley College and includes material from the following disciplines: biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, physical education and athletics.  In addition, geological and topographic maps and other items from the United States Federal Depository Library Program are part of the collection.

Location & Hours

  • Directions to the Wellesley College campus.

  • The Science Library is located on the ground floor of the Science Center.  The Science Center is located on the northeast side of campus.

  • Operating hours.  Reference hours.


Please see the Wellesley College Library's Access Policies for details on who may use the facilities. The United States government depository collections are open to all, without exception. Making an appointment for use of the map collection is recommended.

Borrowing privileges are granted to members of the Wellesley College Community and to individuals affiliated with designated institutions which are formally linked to the College.

Science Library Service Desk - 781.283.3084


For Students

Reserve Lists are lists of items (books, articles, or videos, etc.) that an instructor has placed "on reserve" for their course. Science Library reserve materials are held on open shelves next to the service desk. To take materials outside the library, you need to check the items out--all circulating materials will check out for 3 hours. Videos and DVDs are shelved behind the service desk; please ask at the desk for an employee to bring the material to you.

Use the Wellesley College Library Catalog searching by Instructor's name or Course ID, to find your course reserves.

For Faculty/Staff

The Wellesley College Science Library offers instructors the opportunity to place course-related materials in a special library collection called Reserves. Access to these materials is maximized by keeping loan periods short and restricting the number of items that can be checked out at any one time.

Reserves are held in open shelves near the service desk. Personal copies of materials do not circulate but may be used in the library at the students' convenience. You are able to add or remove personal copies from the shelf at any time during the semester. You may also modify your list of library-owned reserve items as necessary.

Faculty may use the online reserve form to place library-owned materials on reserve for a course. Other items should be brought to room L002 and logged in. At the beginning of semesters allow 3 days to process requests. Later in the semester allow 24 hour processing time. Lists will be processed more quickly if you collect the materials from the shelves and bring them to the office. For e-reserves, please follow the guidelines found on the Library Course Reserves Webpage.

Please use the " Suggest a purchase " web form to order new materials for Course Reserves. Purchasing requests should be made early in the process to allow for shipping and cataloging.

Reference & Research

Librarians provide research and instruction service during the academic year.  Hours

Library orientations and research strategy sessions for classes are available upon request.

Librarians offer computer searching and/or training for science databases from a wide variety of sources for the Wellesley College community.

Please contact Research and Instructional Support staff to schedule training sessions and other reference services:

  • Science Library Reference Desk at 781.283.3085


The following facilities are available at the Science Library:

  • The Audio-Visual section is equipped with scanners, tape players, TV/video players, laser disk/DVD players

  • Two 17inch scanners

  • Printing - the Science Library offers a multifunctional device that can scan (to print), copy, and print in black & white, color, and 11x17, and duplex. There is also a large format plotter for poster printing.

  • Group Study Room

  • Reservable carrels for students -- see a staff member in Room L002

  • Laptop Stations -- bring your laptop to the library and connect to the internet

  • Wireless connection to Wellesley College network throughout the library

Student Employment

Interested in working at the Science Library? Check the Online Student Employment System.