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Southworth Library in the Upper School

The Upper School Library provides a wide range of resources and services to the school community that reflects diverse viewpoints, authors, reading preferences, and interest levels. Students make extensive use of the comfortable environment to do research, complete assignments, and pursue personal interests. The carefully curated fiction collection housed in the Bakker Reading Room promotes reading as a lifelong activity.

Members of the library staff work closely with students to teach information literacy and to encourage the development of independent research skills. Librarians make a special effort to collaborate with faculty and to integrate their instruction with class assignments. All freshmen and new students meet individually with a librarian who explains the library resources and demonstrates how to get the most out of them.

Southworth Library features four small study rooms that can be used in a variety of ways for teaching and collaboration. Students use the study rooms for group study, and teachers use them for seminar-style classes. The McCusker Study Room, equipped with an interactive whiteboard, is the perfect venue for presentations to small groups. The Bakker Reading Room, which provides a warm and inviting space for students, is a favorite room for small community events. Students can also pick from six study carrels where they can work with a minimum of distraction.

I love walking into this building every day. Its architectural features create an environment that encourages academic pursuits. Two intersecting walls of floor-to-ceiling windows offer a unique view of the campus through a vast expanse of glass. We are pleased that the library, with its comfortable seating arrangements and variety of study spaces, is a popular destination for students throughout the day.

Karen W. Starr '70, LIBRARY DIRECTOR

Library resources are selected to support the Upper School curriculum. The library maintains a robust collection of print books and an extensive collection of ebooks and databases to meet the informational needs of the students that can be accessed through our Southworth Library Catalog and our TigerGuides. Beyond our collection, we have access to databases and inter-library loans through participation in the Regional Library System and Greater Boston Cooperative Library Association.


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