The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) is located in the heart of the Phillips Academy campus and serves the informational and recreational reading needs of the entire academic community.
The Library was built in 1929 and thoroughly renovated in 1987. During academic terms the facilities, resources, services and staff of the OWHL are available to students more than 85 hours a week. We are proud to offer students an in-house collection of more than 80,000 fiction and non-fiction printed books, supplemented by electronic access to more than 47,000 full-text academic titles, as well as access to more than three million items in all media through the NOBLE library consortium. More than 100 databases provide access to scholarly journals, eBooks, and archival resources such as full text newspapers dating back to the eighteenth century. The collection also includes electronic books, downloadable audio books, and DVDs in support of curricular and recreational interests.
The OWHL is equipped with wireless network access and many students bring their own laptop computers. In addition, public computers are available throughout the building for accessing the library’s online catalog, licensed electronic resources and databases, and the Internet. The catalog includes the collections of local libraries located at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Clift Music Library.
The center of the OWHL is the Garver Room, which houses the one of the most comprehensive secondary school reference collection in the country. A variety of study venues throughout the building assures that students can find quiet spaces which meet the requirements of their tasks and their personal preferences for individual or group study. Students can seek help from professional librarians at two help desks, and from Academic Support staff at the Academic Support Center on the second floor.
In 2015, the OWHL received a generation donation to create and house the first Makerspace on campus. Nicknamed “The Nest,” the Makerspace lives in the basement of the OWHL and is the center for design-thinking, creative construction, and innovation on campus. The space is community-driven and features 3D printers, sewing machines, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and much more.