Facilities and Resources

The Libraries

The libraries at Vassar are extraordinary and rank among the very best liberal arts collections in the U.S. both in the number of titles (over 1,000,000 print volumes) and in their exceptional variety and depth. The libraries include the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, considered one of the most beautiful collegiate gothic buildings in the country; the Helen D. Lockwood Library; the Art Library; the George Sherman Dickinson Music Library; and the Martha Rivers and E. Bronson Ingram Library, which also houses the Catherine Pelton Durrell Archives and Special Collections.

The Vassar Libraries effectively merge traditional materials with newer technologies, giving students extraordinary access to a broad range of print materials (books, journals, manuscripts, rare books, and archives) and electronic resources (electronic journals, indexes, full-text indexes, databases, web-based resources, and videos). The library routinely schedules programs and workshops to teach students how to use these resources efficiently. More

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses one of the oldest college art collections in the country. The collection contains over 18,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs spanning the history of art from ancient Egypt to contemporary America. It is particularly noted for its collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American art, Greek and Roman sculpture and ceramics, Old Master prints, 19th-century British watercolors and drawings, and photographs. In addition to the main gallery, the Lehman Loeb Art Center also includes a sculpture garden and a seminar room where members of the campus community can request particular works to be brought for close examination, and a state-of-the-art computerized collection catalogue/imaging system. More

Academic Computing

Vassar is connected to the Internet with a 600Mbps link that allows the Vassar community to draw on resources from around the world. Vassar provides over 15,000 Ethernet ports across campus, and wireless connectivity essentially everywhere. Every student dorm room has an Ethernet connection to the campus network as well as wi-fi. Vassar does not require students to purchase a computer, but most students do have a personal computer. All students have 24-hour access to computers and printers in residence hall clusters. Clusters are also available in the College Center, the Computer Center, the library, and academic buildings. Central and departmental servers provide access to course materials and specialized software. Numerous classrooms are equipped with computer projection for presentations, and many departments also have dedicated computer laboratories for hands-on learning. The Digital Media Zone, a state-of-the-art space dedicated to collaborative learning and the exploration of high-end technologies, is located in the library's after-hours study space. More

Sci Vis lab

Division-Specific Resources

In the arts and literatures division, resources include three theaters, a dedicated dance theater, a concert hall, extensive practice facilities, one of the nation's finest college music libraries, historic and modern instrument collections (including 65 Steinway pianos), an electronic music studio, a Foreign Language Resource Center with an audio laboratory and a video laboratory for viewing tapes as well as live foreign-language satellite broadcasts, a studio art building with studio space for majors, an architectural design studio, the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film with state-of-the-art screening and production facilities, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Art Library, and a slide library.

Each of the physical science departments (biology, chemistry, earth science-geography, physics-astronomy) has its own building with classrooms, laboratories, and instrumentation for student and faculty research. The Class of 1951 Observatory houses 32'' and 20'' reflecting telescopes, as well as several small telescopes. Both large telescopes are equipped with electronic CCD cameras and spectroscopes. Other notable resources in the physical sciences and social sciences include the A. Scott Warthin Jr. Geological Museum, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory, the Vassar Farm with a 416-acre ecological preserve and a field laboratory for environmental studies, two advanced computer laboratories for computer science majors, psychology laboratories, and the Wimpfheimer Nursery School (laboratory school).