Other Libraries @ PA

The OWHL is the largest library on campus, but it isn’t the only one.   Four other libraries on campus offer materials in a variety of media.   The Clift Record Library has a large collection of music CDs.   Contemporary fiction and a comfortable place to study are available at CAMD.  The Addison Gallery Library has an extensive collection of materials on American art, while the Peabody Museum Library has a collection of materials focused on Archaeology and Anthropology. All library materials are included in the OWHL’s online catalog.

Addison Museum Learning Center Library

The Addison Gallery of American Art

The Addison is a world-renowned museum respected for its extensive collection of American art. The collection includes more than 16,000 works by such famous artists as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe, and John Singleton Copley. Within the Museum the Learning Center offers nearly 5,500 volumes in its non-circulating collections.  In addition to serving as an invaluable educational resource for PA students and faculty, the museum is open to the public on a daily basis and serves more than 6,000 public school students from local towns, who visit the museum to view its ever-changing exhibitions.

Main Library
For the first time, the Addison’s complete library of books on American art and artists is catalogued and accessible to the public.

Families and Educators Library
Books selected especially for children, parents, and educators on art, artists, creativity, collecting, and museums are located through the glass doors between the library and the MLC.


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Archives & Special Collections

Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, second floor

The primary mission of the Phillips Academy Archives is to appraise, collect, organize, preserve and provide access to records documenting the history of Phillips Academy, in addition to using collections for instruction.   The Archives also oversees the Library’s special collections of rare books and other historical materials which support the curriculum.  A small selection of the total collection is currently on view in the McLean Gallery.

Collections include documents, photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera that document academics, athletics, student life, the campus and buildings, as well as faculty, staff, students and trustees of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy.

Faculty, students and researchers are encouraged to use these non-circulating collections for research onsite.  Many of these items are currently discoverable in the Library’s online catalog. Please contact the Archives and we will gladly work with you to find materials for class projects, curriculum development, or personal research.


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Community and Multicultural Development Library

Morse Hall, first floor

In keeping with the school’s Statement of Purpose, the mission of the Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) office is to raise awareness and encourage understanding of differences of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, geographical origin, and sexual orientation. The office sponsors workshops, lectures, and educational programs for the entire Phillips Academy community and contains a small library. The resources and staff in the office are available for everyone in our community.

The CAMD library holds an array of books, periodicals, and films committed to raising awareness and encouraging sensitivity to differences of culture, race, religion and gender.  The warm an inviting atmosphere is conducive both to quiet reading and study, and to collaborative work.


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Peabody Museum Library

The Robert S. Peabody Museum

The Peabody Museum is one of the nation’s major repositories of Native American archaeological collections. Since its founding in 1901 through the bequest of Robert Singleton Peabody, the museum has been an important center for archaeological research and education. In addition to the Robert S. Peabody Museum’s collection of 500,000 artifacts, the institution also features an extensive, renovated research library. Containing upwards of 10,000 volumes dating from the late 18th century to the present, the library collection is a valuable repository for books, periodicals, and field reports relevant to the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, history, and Native American Studies. Though materials cannot be checked out from the Peabody Museum, we welcome students, faculty, staff, scholars, and the general public to make an appointment to visit the library to conduct research.


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Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection

The Addison Gallery of American Art

The Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection is history itself in the form of a unique collection of atlases, maps and globes dating from 1434 well into the 19th century. The collection was given to Phillips Academy in December 2011 by Sidney Knafel, class of 1948, in honor of the 18-year tenure leadership of Barbara Chase as she stepped away from the Headship and he from his role as Charter member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Knafel collected the items as a personal passion inspired by looking out over the Atlantic from Martha’s Vineyard and imagining how this land must have struck those Europeans who arrived half a millennium ago.

At Mr. Knafel’s request, the collection will be on continual display within the teaching spaces of the Academy to be used as classroom tools for students. Digitization affords opportunities for teachers and students to work freely with the collection at the highest resolution so that images of globes, atlases and renderings of coastal New England and New France at various stages of exploration and incorporation by Europeans can be examined closely.


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William B. Clift Music Library

Graves Hall

Located in the music building, Graves Hall, the Clift Music Library has an extensive circulating collection of about 6,000 CDs and 1500 LPs available for students, faculty, and staff. Among the music reference materials held by the library are the complete critical editions of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart, as well as the New Grove Dictionary of Music and a variety of music periodicals. The facility is open for listening, quiet study, and assignments related to the music curriculum as well as other departments.

Monday-Wednesday: 8am – 9:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 9:15pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 9:15 pm


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