The mission of the libraries is to instill the value of reading, provide access to diverse information and ideas, and equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to access, evaluate, and apply new learning in both academic and personal pursuits. Students are encouraged to use the library and its resources independently, and with classes. Professional library faculty are dedicated to each division library to teach and assist students.
The Middle School library/media program is an integral part of the instructional process. The course of study is designed to teach students skills in locating, evaluating, and applying information. The goal of the library is to ensure that each student acquires skills necessary to become an independent learner. Students receive whole-class, small group, and one-on-one instruction and practice their skills through authentic activities and research.
One of the most popular places on campus, the sunny and inviting Upper School Library offers materials both for research, exploration, and leisure reading. The library is available to the Upper School community throughout the school day, opening at 7:30 am and closing at 6:30 pm. A professional librarian is available to assist students with research and to teach the latest information literacy skills to ensure successful completion of assignments, readiness for college, and life-long learning. Dedicated to supporting and enhancing the dynamic Upper School program, the library's comprehensive collection integrates print and digital resources, with 24/7 access to numerous databases and downloadable e-books. The fiction collection mixes great classics and high-quality young adult literature. The library features a large common area with new furniture, smaller reading rooms for quiet work, and a library classroom.
The Upper School Library also offers:
- A unique combined literature section integrating drama, novels, poetry, and short stories;
- A special Emily Dickinson collection with original texts and criticism;
- A comprehensive Presidents and First Lady Biography collection.
The Lower School Library is open throughout the day for class projects and for students to check out materials that meet their personal interests and research needs. Students acquire information literacy skills with guided, inquiry-based investigations using a variety of media and technology tools, including educational apps, databases and 1:1 devices. Author and genre studies promote an appreciation for a wide variety of traditional and multi-cultural literature. Through their reading and research, students discover what it means to be a digital citizen in a global community.