FAQ

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 new, handy Google Form for requests here.


Where do I get Dry Ice?

Dry ice is delivered every Tuesday. If you think you might need a bunch for a project or to ship things, please get in touch so we can make sure nobody runs out.

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

Ford Hall: First Floor Loading Dock interior (room 140) close to the lab side 

Sabin-Reed: Basement level, outside the Stockroom.


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, which are available to borrow in both locations.
  • Please make sure that cylinders have caps on at all times when not in use.

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, Manager of Inventory & Regulatory Affairs (among other things), and the last word in making sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible.