The materials collections at the OWHL are entirely supported by Endowed Funds. The library holds more than 90,000 physical books, organized by the Dewey Decimal System, located on 4 user-accessible levels of stack shelving. The collection also includes approximately 75 browsing periodicals. The print collection is particularly strong in history and social sciences, English literature, science, and the arts. Because of our membership in the North Of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), our users may borrow materials (more than three million items) from any of the member libraries. Requested books will be delivered to the OWHL within a few days.
We also actively collect books by Andover and Abbot Academy Authors, and fiction and non-fiction in support of recreational reading. If you would like to suggest a title that would be a valuable addition to our collection, please fill out our recommendation form.