Winter Break Information

Partial Shutdown During Winter Break

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Most administrative and support functions will be suspended from Saturday, December 23, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024.  To the degree possible, buildings will remain accessible and heated to energy saving set points.

Administrative buildings will close at the end of the day Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Please call Campus Safety & Security at 413-597-4444 if you have any emergencies during break.


  • 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, 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/blinds/shades to reduce heat loss through the glass.

    Labs: Close hood sashes where possible in both teaching and research spaces.

    Dress warmly

    In as many buildings as possible, temperatures will be turned down to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint. For specific spaces please reference the list found here.

    No space heaters: Personal space heaters are not allowed on campus during winter break.

    Conserve at Home, too 

    Williams College is a proud Energy Star Partner. Visit the Energy Star website to learn about ways to conserve at home all year long.

  • If you need other technology support over the break send email to [email protected] . If you are unable to email, use the help-desk web form at or you can call 413-597-4090 and leave a message. Email and messages will be checked daily.

    Winter Study Adjuncts please note that classrooms won't be accessible over the break. You can contact the liaison for the course's department sponsor.   For urgent Academic Technology questions over the break, email the list at [email protected]. This address will be monitored periodically.

    OIT will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Have a good break.

  • From Saturday, December 23, 2023 thru Monday, January  1, 2024 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 or 75 Park St.(Office of College Relations) ONLY throughout the entire shutdown period from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.
    • 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 (3:00 p.m.) Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 and regular window service resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024  at (10:00 a.m.).


  • Building Access During Break

    Education and Administration Buildings
    The following Administrative, Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios will be accessible during the break:
    Bernhard Music Center
    College Garage Art Studios
    Davis Center Buildings (swipe access only)
    Hollander Hall
    Hopkins Hall
    Hopper Science Center (swipe access only)
    Jesup Hall
    Jewish Religion Center (swipe access only)
    Lawrence Hall (Art Dept Offices)
    Mason House
    Mears House
    Mears West
    Morley Science Labs
    Oakley Center
    Paresky Center (swipe access only) closed 12/25 - 12/31
    Schapiro Hall
    Spencer Art Studio
    Thompson Biology Labs
    Thompson Chemistry Labs
    Thompson Physics Labs
    Vogt House
    Wachenheim Science Center
    Note: All other Faculty Offices, Labs & Studios will be closed after business hours on 12/22/23 through 1/1/24 (Opening back up on 1/2/24)
    Student Residences
    Student residences close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, for Winter break.  Only those students who have been approved by OCL are allowed to remain on campus beyond December 19th for the break. Student residences will re-open on Monday, January 1, 2024 at 9 AM.
    Thompson Health & Wellness Center
    Thompson will be closed during the academic break as indicated on their website
    Athletic Facilities
    Samuelson/Muir Pool

    CLOSES to the public for Rec swim on Monday 12/18/23 at 2 PM. The pool will remain open for the PVA swim team 12/18/23 - 12/20/23, 5-7 PM. Pool will be closed 12/21/23 to 1/1/24 and will reopen Tuesday, 1/2/24.

    Check Wet Line for hours and more info (413.597.2419)

    Lasell Gym & Chandler Gym

    Lasell - CLOSED Monday, 12/18/23 for floor refinishing. Reopens on 1/2/24

    Chandler - CLOSED Monday, 12/18/23 for floor refinishing. Reopens on 1/2/24

    Note: Lasell and Chandler Gyms will be used by men's and women's basketball on 12/29 to 1/2/24 as they return early for their basketball schedule.

    Note: wrestling room off Lasell Gym will be used by the wrestling team starting 12/28/23.

    Lansing Chapman Rink

    CLOSES Friday, 12/22 (3:30 p.m.) Note: Reopens for varsity team the night of 12/26/23. Re-opens to the rest of campus 1/3/24.

    Check Ice Line for hours (597-2433).

    Lasell Fitness Center & Simon Squash Courts

    Monday, December 18th: 6AM - 7:30PM

    Tuesday, December 19th to Friday, December 22nd: 6AM - 7PM

    CLOSED to the public- Friday, 12/22/23 at 7PM. Re-opens 1/2/24 at 6AM.

    Note: squash teams return 12/30/23 and will use squash facility

    Dining Halls
    Driscoll Dining CLOSED 12/20/23 ; Re-opens 1/2/24
    Grab ’n Go, Lee Snack Bar, '82 Grill Lunch CLOSED 12/20/23 ; Re-opens 1/2/24
    Whitmans’ CLOSED 12/20/23 ; Re-opens on 1/2/24
    Eco Café, Lee after Dark, Whitman's Late Night CLOSED 12/20/23 ; Re-opens 1/2/24
    Mission Park CLOSED 12/20/23; Reopens after Winter Study
  • If you would like to make a credit card gift during the shutdown time, please visit use this link. For information on other ways to give, please visit

    If you need to communicate to someone about your Alumni Fund gift, please call 413-597-4153; or you may also email [email protected].

    If you need to communicate with someone about your Parents Fund gift, please call 413-597-4357 or email [email protected].

    Staff will be checking messages during the break and will respond promptly.