Campus Updates

Visit the campus updates page for information on Mount Holyoke's response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates site contains details about the spring semester.

Mount Holyoke College
Opening the Gates

Services and Cocurricular Activities

  • Academic Deans: 413-538-3610
  • AccessAbility: 413-538-2634
  • Community and Inclusion: 413-538-2551
  • Counseling Service: 413-538-2037
  • Health Services: 413-538-2242
  • LITS: 413-538-2622
  • Ombudsperson: 413-538-2413
  • Religious and Spiritual Life: 413-538-2054
  • Residential Life: 413-538-2088
  • 24/7 Care and Support Line: Call the Counseling Services main number 413-538-2037 and follow the prompts to speak with a clinician. There may be a brief wait while your call is routed.

Accessibility Services is ready to work with students whether they live on or off campus.

The Auxiliary Services website lists its hours of operation.

All 30-minute advising appointments are being held remotely, either over the phone or through Google Meet. Students and recent graduates are able to select which option they prefer when they request an appointment in Handshake.

Career Development Center (CDC) remote support:

  • The CDC supports students with career and internship plans in a variety of ways. Most CDC programs and services are fully available remotely and virtually, including:
    • Individual advising sessions with professional career advisors.
    • Access to job and internship opportunities in Handshake, including opportunities offered by alums and MHC recruiting partners.
    • Virtual and online sessions to connect with employers and graduate programs.
    • Programs and workshops on a variety of career-related topics.
    • Free access to online resources such as GoinGlobal, Big Interview, Vault, the Forté Rising Star Initiative, and more.
  • Current students and recent graduates can schedule an appointment through Handshake, and are welcome to contact with any questions.
  • CDC events and programs for the fall semester are posted on the events calendar, and spring events and programs are added on an ongoing basis as they are confirmed. 

Counseling Service clinicians support students in their lives and learning, wherever they may be. Any enrolled student may contact the Counseling Service for a virtual consultation. Clinicians work with students to address immediate concerns and make plans for ongoing connection when needed, although the services provided may differ depending on students’ location.

The most up-to-date information can be found on the Counseling Service webpage, which includes details about:

  • Online appointment scheduling.
  • Expanded hours to accommodate academic schedules and time zone differences.
  • Announcements about virtual support groups, workshop series, and Drop-In Teletalkin’.

The 24/7 Care Line is available after hours by calling the Counseling Service at 413-538-2037 and following the prompts to speak with a clinician.

Visit the COVID-19 Testing Center page for information about the asymptomatic testing program and testing center.

Health Services is open for students living on campus for a full range of primary care, urgent care and administrative supports. For more details, including hours of operation, please review our webpage. Walk-in service is not available. Please call 413-538-2121 to schedule a medical appointment or ask a question. 

On Saturdays during the semester, students can call 413-538-2242 to speak with a triage nurse. An on-call medical clinician can be accessed 24/7 for urgent health needs at this same number when Health Services is closed. Calling this number will connect students to the on-call service, which will take their information and have the clinician phone back. 

As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency please call Public Safety and Service at 413-538-2304.

Keeping up to date with LITS information 

For most up to date information, see the LITS 2020–2021 guides for students — Learning Guide — and faculty: Teaching Guide. Keep an eye on news items on the LITS homepage.

Library spaces

In spring 2021, selected LITS spaces will be available at reduced capacity, for individual study. The Information Commons and MEWS will be the first to open, following the arrival quarantine period. Additional spaces will become available as the semester progresses and we are assured of the collective health and safety of the campus. 

The library stacks remain closed. Study areas within stack floors are not available, including individual study rooms and library carrels.

Community members should expect to plan their visit. Seat reservation, check-in and check-out will be required to ensure that safe occupancy levels are maintained at all times.  

LITS services 

LITS physical service desks are closed, and no in-person services are offered in the library. LITS services are available to all community members in the same way, whether remote or on campus, via a combination of phone, chat, email and video conference sessions. Visit the LITS services and hours page for contact methods and hours. 

Public computers and access to specialized software

Some computers are available for in-person use by residential students in buildings that are open for use by residential students (e.g. the library, Blanchard Hall, etc.). Access to specialized software and remote access to computers will remain available for all students — residential and remote learners.

Printing and scanning

In order to meet printing and scanning needs, public multi-function devices will be available in spaces open to residential students, including Blanchard Hall and the library.

Library material access

In order to equitably meet the needs of students learning both remotely and on campus, library course reserves are a digital-only collection. The print course reserves collection has been suspended and will remain unavailable until further notice.

LITS will continue to prioritize remote access to library collections through participation in programs like HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).  

Physical library materials can be borrowed through our paging and pickup service. Details about the service can be found on the LITS services and hours page

LITS librarians offer support to faculty and students to find and access materials to meet curricular needs, including course reserves, assignments and student research projects, and in-depth support for student thesis research. Librarians have expertise in, and can help navigate, the challenges of remote and digital library material access during FIT. 

Equipment loaning

LITS has a limited number of laptops available for semester loan. These laptops are available to students who do not have access to a personal computer, and who need a device to complete coursework. If you have questions about borrowing a laptop from LITS, please email

A limited supply of supplemental equipment items needed to support curricular activities will be available by request, for the term of each mod.  

College chaplains and advisors and the dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Sr. Annette McDermott, are available to students seeking religious and spiritual support. Please contact them directly via email to schedule appointments.  

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life continues to support prayers, duas, poojas, etc., for those affected by COVID-19 and anything that is troubling your heart. These prayers are handled confidentially and are shared only with our chaplains and advisors. Please know that we are holding all in our hearts at this time. Our religious and sacred prayer spaces remain closed until further notice: Eliot House, Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary Prayer and Abbey Memorial Chapel. Prayer space is available in Moasis, located in 313 Blanchard Hall.

Staff are available for online appointments through Zoom, Google Hangouts or Facetime. Please contact a staff member directly if seeking an appointment. 

Visit the Student Employment page for details.

Students are always welcome to connect via or directly with one of the deans below.

  • Latrina Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion
    Friday from noon to 2 pm on Zoom, or email to set up an individual virtual appointment.
  • Rachel Alldis, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
    By appointment. Email to set up a virtual meeting.
  • Alicia Erwin, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement
    By appointment. Email to set up a virtual meeting.
  • Annette McDermott, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life
    Thursdays from 1–3 pm for open office hours and by appointment. Email for Zoom link.

Wondering how best to practice safe social distancing and still stay connected to others? Be Well tips and resources are available.