How Do I Buy Things?

Check out our page all about that here.

How Do I Get Into Places?

Key and Keycard Access – Need office keys or lab access for you or your students or staff? We have a handy Google Form here. This conveniently collects ALL of the information we need to fulfil most requests.

Where do I get Dry Ice?

Dry ice is delivered every Tuesday, although in a post-Covid world with driver shortages, sometimes it’s Wednesday or Thursday. The standing order is for Chemistry only. If you are not in the Chemistry department and need dry ice, you will need to place an order via requisition through your departmental admin so the stockroom can order and charge to your department. Information regarding appropriate storage will be posted here soon.

We receive pelletized dry ice and there is a scoop and gloves available. Please bring your own container.

Ford Hall: lower level 026, Chemistry Department access only


How do I order Gas Cylinders?

Just like any other purchase, you order gases through the Stockroom by requisition. We can give you current pricing and sizes, and find custom gases for your research and instructional needs.

  • Empty gas cylinders can be brought down to either Ford or Sabin-Reed loading docks.
  • They must be transported by cart. One is available to borrow in both locations.
  • Please make sure that cylinders have caps on at all times when not in use.

How do I ship something?

See the shipping instructions page for details.

I’ve Got Questions About Chemicals and Safety!

Chemical Inventory – We maintain a database of purchased chemicals for reasons of safety and convenience. This database is available for use by anyone who maintains chemicals in their space. Want more information? Drop us an email.

Inspections and Advice – Have questions about chemical handling and storage, waste, regulations, or general safety concerns? Contact Margaret Rakas

How Much Are Chemistry Model Kits?

  • Organic Chemistry kits: $25

We can take cash (exact change only, please) and checks/money orders made out to Smith College.

Who are you?

Stockroom Services Specialists:

Erin Smith spends her day in the Ford Stockroom hunting down ways to save everyone money, and convincing vendors that she does in fact own the college.

Ellen Abrams splits her time between both Stockrooms, juggling all the Science Center needs, and keeping her coworkers the appropriate amount of sane.

J. Vaughn sits in the hot seat in the Ford Stockroom but is always happy to help you figure out precisely what’s going on around here.

Heather McQueen is our fearless leader and keeps all our ducks in a row. We’re not sure how the ducks got there in the first place but that’s not important right now.

Laboratory, Safety & Compliance Services Director:

Margaret Rakas is our Lab Safety and Compliance Director (among other things), and the last word in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible.