Williston Memorial Library

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts

Designed by George F. Newton

Gothic Revival Style

Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley MA  01075

Library web site: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/

A Brief History of the Building

1903:  Andrew Carnegie gave $50,000 to the college to build the library.

1905:  The library was built with an interior to resemble Westminster Hall in England.

1917:  The facility was named for Asahel Lyman Williston (1834- ?), a Northampton businessman who was a long-time trustee and treasurer of the college.

1935:  An addition was built.

1968:  An addition was built.

1990-1992:  A 30,000-foot wing was added to the building.  The atrium was modeled after the Medici Library in Florence, Italy.

2003:  The information commons was added.

  2009 photos