Winter Shutdown Information

Partial Shutdown During Winter Break

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The College is pleased to be able to partially shut down during this time of year for a period of restoration and relaxation.

All faculty offices will be heated and available for use, while most administrative and support functions will be suspended.
Most of the programs for service reduction are the same as last year. To the degree possible, residential buildings will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, and administrative buildings at the end of the day Thursday, Dec. 22.  Administrative buildings will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, and residence halls will re-open for students to return on Sunday, January 1 @ 8:00 am.  All buildings will return to normal operation by Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.


What can you do?

Unplug it! unplug it

Many electronics and appliances use electricity even when they’re turned off, so unplug computers,
monitors, printers, cell phone chargers, TVs, DVD players, Play stations, etc.

Research equipment: Turn off research equipment when possible.

But not classroom equipment! Information Technology staff will turn off
audio/visual/computer equipment in classrooms.

Do some housekeeping mini-fridge

Empty, defrost and unplug refrigerators and mini-fridges. Custodians will unplug all appliances and
electronics left plugged in, so remove perishable items and clean your refrigerator before the break to avoid any New Year’s surprises.

Prevent heat loss window shade

Lights, windows, curtains: Turn off lights, close windows and storm sashes, and shut curtains to reduce heat loss through the glass.

Labs: Close the sash as much as possible on all hoods in your lab space, both teaching and research.

Dress warm

In as many buildings as possible, temperatures will be turned down to 50° F. Faculty offices, labs and studios will be heated as usual,no space heaterexcept where faculty have indicated they will not be using the space and the building will be unoccupied.

No space heaters: Personal space heaters are not allowed during the break.

Information Technology support

Winter Study instructors should not plan to preview their classrooms during the shutdown period as the lectern computers will be undergoing maintenance.  Classroom buildings will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  If you need help with using the projection equipment in classrooms, setting up a Glow site for your course, or have other technology related questions, we strongly recommend that you contact media services or your ITech liaison as soon as possible, and prior to the shutdown. Adjuncts should contact the liaison for the course’s department sponsor. For urgent questions, email the ITech list at [email protected]. This address will be monitored periodically over the break.

If you need other technology support over the break send email to [email protected] . That address will be checked regularly every day. If you are unable to email, use the help-desk web form at . On Dec. 27, 28, 29 and 30 from 9am to 4:30pm a Desktop Systems Specialist will be on campus to answer the help-desk phone at x4090.

Jesup Hall will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 for swipe card access and resume normal building hours.


From Friday, December 23rd thru Monday, January 2nd the college campus will be closed and will not accept any deliveries from USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, and DHL.

With the following exceptions:

  • Campus Safety & Security will accept deliveries for Hopkins Hall ONLY throughout the entire shutdown period.
  • Alumni Fund/Staff at Mears House will accept deliveries Tuesday, Dec. 27th thru Friday, Dec. 30th from 7:00AM – 3:30PM.

College departments with P.O. box addresses can pick up their mail at the Post Office during regular business hours.  College I.D. will be required.

For additional delivery information regarding USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL feel free to contact Debby Kopala, at [email protected] or 413-597-2150.

Jessica Park Mail Room
The student mail room closes at the end of the day(4:30p.m.) Thursday, Dec. 22 , and regular window service resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3 (9:00a.m.).  On Monday, Jan 2nd, window service for package pickup only will be open from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Building Schedules

OPEN During Break

Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios
Bernhard Music Center
Bronfman Science Center
Clark Hall
College Garage Art Studios
Hollander Hall
Lawrence Hall (Art Dept Offices)
Mason Hous
Morley Science Labs
Oakley Center
Schapiro Hall
Spencer Art Studio
Thompson Biology Labs
Thompson Chemistry Labs
Thompson Physics Labs
Administrative and Other Buildings
Hopkins Hall
Mears House
Mears West
Vogt House
Williams College Museum of Arts
Student Residences
Fayerweather is used for pre-approved students for housing during Winter Break.

CLOSED During Break

Closes Opens
Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios
’62 Center end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Chapin Hall end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Goodrich Hall end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Griffin Hall end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Hopkins Observatory end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Miller House end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Administrative & Other Buildings
B & L Bldg : Human Resources & Real Estate Offices end of day Thur 12/22
Tues 1/3
Bascom Hall end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Class of ’37 House end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Droppers House end of day Mon 12/19 Tues 1/3
Jenness House end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Jesup end of day Thur 12/22 Tues1/3
Jewish Religious Center end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
All Campus Libraries end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Paresky Center end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Rice House (West) end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Facilities Service Building end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Thompson Health Center noon Tues 12/20 Mon 1:00 p.m. 1/2
Weston Hall end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Williams College Children’s Center end of day Thur 12/22 Tues 1/3
Student Residences
Student residences close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 for Winter break.  (Only those students whose home address is outside of the US and are pre-approved are allowed to remain on campus for the break- undergrads are housed in Fayerweather, and grad students in CDE).  Student residences re-open on Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 8am for Winter Study.
Athletic Facilities (see Fitness Options below)
Lasell Gym, Chandler Gym, and Simon Squash Courts Thurs 12/22 - 6:00 p.m. Tues 1/3 regular hours
Towne Field House Thurs 12/22 - 2:00 p.m. Tues 1/3 regular hours
Samuelson/Muir Pool Thurs 12/15 at 2:00 p.m. - check Wet Line for hours (597-2419) Tues 1/3 regular hours
Lansing Chapman Rink Thurs 12/22 - 2:00 p.m. Tues 1/3 - check Ice Line for hours (597-2433)
Dining Halls
’82 Grill Lunch after service Sun 12/18 late night Sun 1/1, regular hours Mon 1/2
Driscoll Dining after dinner Fri 12/16 brunch & dinner Sun 1/1, regular hours Mon 1/2
Eco Café at 2:00pm Mon 12/19 regular hours Mon 1/2
Faculty House after lunch Fri 12/16 lunch Tues 1/3
Grab ’n Go after lunch Sun 12/18 regular hours Mon 1/2
Lee Snack Bar at 3:30pm on Sun 12/18 regular hours Mon 1/2
Mission Park after breakfast & brunch Sun 12/18 dinner Sun 1/1, regular hours Mon 1/2
Whitmans’ after breakfast Tues 12/20 regular hours Mon 1/2
Whitmans’ Late Night after service on Sun 12/18 regular hours Mon 1/2

Fitness Options


Prospect Mountain cross country ski area offers equipment rental and instruction.
The Arcadian Shop in Lenox, MA rents cross country skis and snowshoes.
Berkshire Outfitters in Adams, MA rents cross country skis and snowshoes.


Northern Berkshire YMCA in North Adams offers day passes for $10.
Off the Wall Fitness and Raquet Club in Bennington, VT offers day passes for $14.

End-of-Year Gifts / Donor Support

If you would like to make a credit card gift during the shutdown time, please visit For information on other ways to give, please visit

If you need to talk to someone about your gift, please call 888-374-8110 (toll-free) or 413-597-4153; you may also email [email protected]. The Alumni Fund staff will be checking messages Tuesday, December 27 through Saturday, December 31  from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST (3:30 PM on the 31st) and will respond promptly.