Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Alumni Library

The search for knowledge begins here. 


The library building is closed until further notice, but we can provide resources and services remotely. Check here for updates, because services will change as circumstances dictate. Details are below.

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Preliminary Thesis Proposal Submission Form

  • Use this form to submit your application to begin thesis, preliminary thesis proposal, and petition for exception (if applicable).
  • If you have any problems or questions, contact Susan Mower (

Senior Thesis Submission Form

Seniors will not be printing and submitting theses in person this year. Instead, we'll be using a Google form for submission of the final version. The form will accept up to 10 files for the thesis and up to 10 files for companion pieces (photos, audio, video, etc.). If you have any problems or questions, contact Brian Mikesell (

  • If you encounter trouble accessing the form, please contact Brian Mikesell ( to set up an alternate submission method.
  • After student submission, thesis advisors will be given access to individual students' theses for final approval.
  • Theses will be printed at Simon's Rock. Please include any special printing directions (single- or double-sided, color pages, etc.) in the Printing Requests field on the submission form.
  • Signatures of advisors, readers, and the provost will be collected at a future date.

Thesis Personal Copy Order Form

  • Use this form to order one or more bound copies of your thesis.
  • If you have any questions, contact Brian Mikesell (

All electronic resources are always available from any location. These resources include more than 200,000 ebooks, 50,000 full text electronic journals and magazines, streaming music and video, and more. Use the links to these resources from the library's webpage, because the necessary authentication procedure is initiated by clicking those links. You'll be asked to log in using your Simon's Rock username and password.

  • If you have library books at home, you can return them by mail (Alumni Library, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington, MA 01230) or return them in person in the fall. If you're returning items in the fall, let us know ( and we'll extend the due date.
  • If you left books in campus housing, please let us know ( and we'll work with Campus Life staff to retrieve them.
  • Submit interlibrary loan requests only for items that can be delivered digitally (articles and book chapters). We are currently not borrowing physical items from other libraries. Our ability to fill requests may be limited by the operational status of other libraries.
  • Unfortunately, licensing restrictions do not allow libraries to lend or borrow e-books via ILL.
  • Please check our electronic resources before submitting requests (use the Search Everything box above or search by periodical title).
  • If you currently have interlibrary loans, contact us ( with any questions about renewals and returns.

If you're on campus and need books from the collection for coursework, look them up in the library’s catalog and then submit a request. We’ll retrieve them and let you know when they’re ready for you to pick up on the bench outside Classroom 1 (near the bell tower). You can return items to the drop box located outside the library in the bell tower courtyard.

Handling physical items: when retrieving items from the stacks for you, we will use nitrile gloves or other protective measures in order to minimize contact. When items are returned, we will quarantine them for a minimum of 5 days before handling them or circulating them again.

If you need to have one or two chapters scanned from a book in the library’s collection (including books on reserve), submit a request and we’ll send them to you. We can’t scan entire books, so if you’re unsure which chapters you want, we can send you the table of contents first (see request form for details).


Explore the Library

Student Borrowing book from circulation
Circulation is the main intersection in the library: check books and DVDs out, access items on reserve for your courses, and get that all-important cup of coffee.
A student consults with a librarian about her research.
Ask a librarian for assistance with a research project or get some quick info – the reference desk is Q&A central. Contact us anytime.
Student relaxing while studying
Whether you want to relax with the newspaper; find an article from a peer-reviewed journal; browse for a DVD; or meet up for a group study session, this is the place.
Student Borrowing book from circulation
Much of the library is designated for quiet study so that you can always find a place to read, write, think, study, or just relax. The Reference Room and all the stacks are quiet areas.
Student deeply involved in research
With large tables to spread out, get deeply involved in your research, whether you’re using the reference collection or the library’s extensive online resources.
A student uses library resources while writing a paper.
The senior thesis is a requirement for a Simon’s Rock BA; it is also a work that adds to the world’s knowledge. The library archives a copy of every thesis submitted in the Reference Room.
A student finds just the right book for his research.
With 75,000 books in the stacks, this is the number one place to find just the right book or a quiet nook for a serious study session.
The library Atrium
Enjoy the quiet splash of water and the occasional call of a bullfrog – you can also meet with a tutor, get help at the writing center, or ask advice of the pros in the Win Commons.

Even in the age of easy to use search engines and convenient access to online information, it pays to know how to conduct research in a methodical way. Here's some help getting started:

By citing your sources, you're showing your reader where you got your information. It is important to distinguish the sources of information that you use from your own ideas, interpretations, and conclusions. Failure to cite your sources is plagiarism.

Writing well is a skill that you develop over time. Here are some resources to help:

Turn your browser into a research tool:


For a quick and reliable tool that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software, try ZoteroBib.

For a more robust solution perfect for extensive research (such as a thesis), you want Zotero, which will help you collect citations directly from your browser as you search, organize your research, cite sources using an extension for MS Word, and generate a bibliography with one click.



Install this free plugin for Chrome and search library resources directly from a button in your browser’s navigation bar.

Library Extension

Install this free extension for Chrome (Firefox coming soon) that automatically shows you whether the library has a book when you search sites like Amazon - that way you never buy a book the library owns!