Free stuff

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Here's a list of stuff that your parents or someone else already paid for (alphabetized).


  • Color printing: Jesup
  • Condoms: the health center - all hours, formerly in Baxter basement -Peer Health!
  • Dry erase boards: The Society of Alumni gives them out at the fall Purple Key Fair and at various other large events.
  • Light Bulbs - B&G, just ask your custodian, and they'll supply relatively efficient incandescent replacement bulbs.
  • Log Cabin - free for any Williams Outing Club members to reserve for one night.
  • Massages - ACE Stressbusters: Wednesday night, from 7-9pm, come at 6:45pm to sign up, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and as soon as the Goodrich coffee bar gets their stuff together, cookies, will also be provided for free.
  • Media equipment (Cameras, external hard drives, camcorders and more) for rental: Stetson Media Lab - bottom floor opposite the computer lab.
  • Movies (VHS and DVD) and music CDs can be borrowed for free from Sawyer basement. Just remember to return them on time.
  • Movies (VHS and DVD) and music CDs can be borrowed for free from the Williamstown Public Library located across the street from the Williamstown Inn. Bring your student ID and get a library card
  • Paper towels and liquid soap: a bathroom near you (new this year, free only in the sense that environmental costs have been discounted)
  • Drying hands on your pants/ personal handtowel racks: tried and true.
  • Paper cutter: Schow photocopy room
  • Pencils: OCC
  • Printing: Computer labs in Schow, Sawyer, Jesup, Bronfman, Clark, '62 CTD, Stetson, Goodrich, and numerous other places.
  • Scanning, DVD burning, poster printing, video copying and editing, and any other multimedia needs: Jesup Media Studio. We provide the equipment and technical assistance; you have to do the work and provide media (like DVDs, tapes, and photo paper) yourself.
  • Cross-country skis, sleds, snowshoes, sleeping bags, etc., can be borrowed for free from the WOC Equipment Room if you have a Williams Outing Club membership card. You can join for $10--equipment borrowing is unlimited. The equipment room is located upstairs in Siskind House.
  • Squash rackets and basketballs (and probably other equipment) can be borrowed from the Equipment Room in Lasell/Chandler.
  • Staplers: OCC (underneath Stetson); anyone visiting gets a free stapler
  • Staples: Sawyer Circulation Desk, Schow
  • Wiki: Email Comb Hua. Or, you know, WSO has this wiki
  • Computer classes: OIT has classes from time to time. You can request particular classes.

Dead Trees and Ink

  • Textbooks/other books! Every beginning of semester, especially the fall, check out the free books table in the 1914 Library. Even students not on financial aid can get free books this way (although only students on financial aid can formally borrow from the 1914 Library). What's that? Your prof says you need the latest edition of this particular translation of Plato, even though it's gone through millenia of perfectly competent translations? Baloney. Hit the 1914.
  • Victoria's Secret (and other) catalogs: Mail trailer next to Lehman
  • The Wall Street Journal: Hopkins, the mail trailer
  • The New York Times: Mission, Goodrich
  • Old course packets: Easy to find at the end of the semester near recycling bins - you can often score the readings for that class you wanted to take but didn't have time. If you look hard enough around Stetson (below the level b/level d stairwell is a good bet), you can often find a few random packets.


  • Candy: Dean's office and OCC.
  • Coffee: Between 3:25 PM and 3:30 PM (or when they run out), coffee is free at the EcoCafe.
  • Berries and vegetables: when in season in the Forest Garden, between Stetson and CES.
  • Physics common room: After colloquia but before students show up to work on problem sets. Tuesday and Friday at 3:30. Also has hot chocolate packets and hot water, but leave some change every so often to keep the golden goose laying.
  • Wednesday 6:30 PM, JRC: Dinner discussion (or movie)
  • Wednesday 9-10 PM, BioSnacks in the biology building lobby, hosted by the Biology Majors Advisory Committee (BMAC)!
  • Friday, 7 PM, JRC: Shabbat dinner
  • Cookies, soda, and juice following Math colloquia in Bronfman 106
  • Dinner: First Monday of the month, Math-Stats dinner at the dining hall, free even without a meal plan if you walk in with a professor


See The Free Software Foundation or The Open Source Initiative for the why. Open Source Mac maintains a list of superb free software and open source software for Macs. provides all of the open source PC software you can think of.