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Manage Your Account
Get a password/PIN
You will need a Password to access your library account online and to access our databases off campus. Your online account will allow you to place holds on or to renew library materials. You can get a Password by visiting the library, or by “resetting” your password online if you have a valid email address on file.
If you need help resetting your password, please see this tutorial.
Loan Periods and Fines
You may borrow materials with your PA ID as long as you don’t have fines totaling $5 or more.
$.15 a day
Books on reserve
$1.00 per hour
$.25 a day
$1.00 a day
Place Items on Hold
If an item is owned by another library, already checked out, or otherwise unavailable, you usually can place a hold on it so that the next available copy is reserved for you. To place a hold online, follow the instructions below:
Search the online catalog for the item you want and click on “Place Hold” to the right of the item.
You will be prompted to type in your library card number and PIN/Password to request any material. Be sure to choose the library where you would like to pick up the item.
Click on “Submit”. A new screen will appear to confirm your hold.
When the library receives the item, you will be notified by either phone or email. You can check the status of your requested holds by accessing your account information through the “My Account” feature of the online catalog.
We allow two renewals on each item with two exceptions: interlibrary loan items from outside the NOBLE network cannot be renewed nor can any item that has been reserved by another patron.
Renew in person: bring your library card to the circulation desk and staff will assist you
Renew online: log on to your library account and renew from your list of checked out items
The My Lists feature lets you create temporary or permanent lists of records from the catalog.
A temporary list is like a shopping cart where you can put records you may be interested in so you can look at them again in the same session. You don’t need to be logged in to your account to create a temporary list, but even if you are, when you log out, the temporary list disappears.
A permanent list is one you intend to keep and look at in the future. It can be a wish list of books you’d plan to read but that you’re not ready to place holds on right now, or a list of books and other material that are related to a school project, upcoming vacation or new hobby. You can have several different lists, give the each names and descriptions, add and remove titles at any time, an even add notes for titles as you add them to the list. By default, your lists are private, but you can share them to make them public, and send a link to your list to a friend, post it on Facebook or link to it from a blog or website.
Create New Lists
Log in to your account in the catalog.
Search for titles.
Choose a titleand click on Add to My List.
Scroll up to the top of the Search Results. Click View My List.
Items are added to a temporary list.
The Actions for these Items menu on the right side of the screen shows the actions that you can apply to this list. You can place holds on items in your temporary list; remove items from the list; or move selected items to a permanent list.To place a hold or remove items from the list, check the box next to the title, and click on the matching link.
To move selected items into an existing list, check the box next to the title, and highlight the list where you want to move the item.If you do not want to place the item into an existing list, you can create a new list. Enter the name of the new list, and add a description if you’d like.
The new list appears beneath the temporary list.
Select the title(s) of the items that you want to add to the list, and click Actions for these items. Select the permanent list that you created from the drop down menu.
Your existing lists appear. Click on a list to view the items in the list. You can sort the items in the permanent list. You can also add, edit, and remove notes.
Click Edit to add or edit a note.
Enter desired notes, and click Save Notes.v
You can keep your list private, or you can share it. To share your list, click Share, and click the orange RSS icon to share through an RSS reader. You can also click HTML View to share your list as an HTML link.
You can also download your list into a CSV file by clicking Download CSV.
Borrow Books & More
All PA students will be required to use Academic Reserves at some time during their Andover career.
At the direction of a teacher, books on specified topics are pulled out of the stacks, placed at the Circulation Desk and gathered into a temporary collection called Academic Reserves. Academic Reserves are available at the Circulation Desk in the OWHL. Bring your ID. You will need it to check out reserves, and you must leave it at the desk while you use a book on closed reserve.
The loan period for these materials is much shorter than that for regular circulating books, to facilitate sharing among the group. The teacher decides whether the reserves will be Closed, Overnight, or 3-day. Materials on closed reserve may be checked out for either 1 hour or 2 hours, and must be used in the library or PACC. Overnight reserves may be checked out after 8:00 pm and must be returned by 9:00 am the next day. Three-day reserves may be checked out at any time for three consecutive nights and are due back at 9:00 am on the fourth day.Be careful to bring back materials on time! Reserves accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1.00 per hour.
Even though the OWHL has an excellent collection in support of the curriculum and assignments at PA, that collection would be quickly exhausted when an entire class is doing research on the same topic. The first few people would check out all of the books on the topic, and everyone else would be out of luck.
Digital and Electronic Devices
All PA students may borrow media players from the OWHL library. Available for check out are 3 Kindles, 1 nook, and 6 iPod Nanos. The devices may be checked out during library hours and are available at the circulation desk.
Media Players may be checked out for three weeks, and may be renewed once as long as no one is waiting. The OWHL provides access to two collections of audiobooks. The “iPod Collection” of titles may be downloaded by a librarian onto one of our Nanos, or onto a personally owned iPod. The “Overdrive” collection may be downloaded by the user onto our device or a personally owned device.
The OWHL also has 6 Think Pad ultra slim USB DVD burners (external drives) available for students to checkout for overnight.
DVD and Film Collection
The OWHL maintains a diverse collection of films on DVD. The collection of more than 1100 films was a gift of the Class of 1999 with additional funding from the Class of 1949. We purchase new DVDs on a regular basis and have an excellent selection of popular films, foreign language films, and documentaries. You may check out films whenever the library is open. DVDs have a loan period of 3 days. Fine for a late film is $1.00/day.
Our DVD collection is located in the front lobby of the library in front of the circulation desk.
You can search our film collection using our online catalog and using the words film or DVD in your keyword search. Foreign language films are marked with a blue dot. Films suitable for children (G ratings) are marked with a red dot and are shelved in the children's area. "Non-fiction" films are organized by the Dewey Decimal system and are shelved separately. These films have a bright yellow band under the call number.
The OWHL maintains an inventory of textbooks for loan to students. This program is called the Text Exchange.
All PA students may borrow books from the Text Exchange. Recipients of full financial aid with books may receive all of their textbooks from the Text Exchange. Priority students are informed directly of their eligibility. All other Andover students may check out any remaining books on a first-come, first served basis while inventory lasts.
Books are loaned at the beginning of each term and may be borrowed for the length of the course. No fees are charged for participation, but late fees and replacement fees may be assessed if books are returned late or are damaged. Stop by to see if we have any of the books that you need. The office is located near the great lawn doors.
The library has individual general admission tickets available for the Museum of Science. If you would like to use them, please stop by the Circulation Desk. Limited quantities available per person.
Finding Materials at Other Libraries
NOBLE Catalog Extend your search beyond the OWHL by searching all 27 libraries of the NOBLE consortium (over 3 million books!). To request materials through NOBLE, you must have a PIN Number (available at the circulation desk). Typically books take 3-5 days to arrive.
Boston Public Library With a Boston Public Library eCard, you have access to the electronic collections of the Boston Public Library system. This includes use of their electronic databases or the thousands of titles in their audiobook and e-book collection.
Memorial Hall Library Search for materials in Andover’s Public Library, conveniently located in downtown Andover. Use your PA ID at Memorial Hall’s circulation desk to obtain your library card.
Commonwealth Catalog The Commonwealth Catalog, or ComCat, allows you to search for materials from libraries across Massachusetts. You must have a PIN Number (available at the circulation desk) in order to access this catalog. Typically books take 5-7 days to arrive.
If an item cannot be found in NOBLE or in ComCat, please ask a librarian for assistance.
Request and Reserve
Reserve a Meeting Room
The library has a number of rooms that may be reserved to support group activities or classes:
- China Room (on the 2nd floor) - Dole Room (on the 1st floor) - Freeman Room (on the 1st floor) - Maker Space (in the basement)
Please fill out the form below to make a reservation for the time and place you need. If you have any additional questions regarding room reservations, check with a librarian at the Circulation Desk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make an Appointment with an Instructional Librarian
The OWHL is open more than 85 hours a week during the academic terms and the Help Desk on the 1st floor is always staffed with at least one Instructional Librarian during that time. You do not need to make an appointment to speak with the Librarian at the Help Desk – simply stop by and we would be happy to help you.
However, if you have a particular research need for your studying, teaching, or research project, please feel free to make an appointment with one of the Instructional Librarians via the form below:
Suggest New Materials
The OWHL welcomes recommendations from the Phillips Academy community. If you find an interesting title that would be a valuable addition to our collections, please make your recommendation via the form below.
Schedule a Class
The Instructional Librarians are here to support and assist teaching and learning at Phillips Academy.
You can schedule a class with a member of the IS team any time during the academic term. We can meet you in the OWHL, the PACC, the Language Learning Center or your classroom.
Please fill out the form below and one of the Instructional Librarians will be happy to get back to you.
FREE (B) : Document Delivery
FREE (B) is the faculty document delivery service at the OWHL – Faculty Research Expedited Expertly (Beta). To make a request, please use this online form>.