Each year, more than 100 classes visit the Henry Luce III Library for curriculum-driven research instruction. In collaboration with classroom teachers, Brooks School's librarians teach students how to find, evaluate and cite a variety of electronic and traditional print sources.
The 15,000 square-foot, three-story library features:
- access to more than 35,000 "traditional" research items including reference books, specialized encyclopedias, primary and secondary sources, magazines and newspapers
- electronic collections including on- and off-campus access to academic databases featuring thousands of articles from scholarly journals to newspapers, as well as court cases, historical documents and more
- a digital reference book collection including, in part, the Salem Press Defining Documents series, which analyzes primary source materials from all eras of history
- two professional librarians and four part-time library assistants to assist students in making the most of Brooks' vast resources
- two computer labs designed for teaching and independent student use
- six study rooms with tables and whiteboards
- a silent study zone
- tables for group work and cozy nooks for quiet reading
In a world of proliferating information, the Luce librarians are committed to cultivating patient, curious and discerning student researchers. Our students appreciate it -- and take advantage of all the opportunities that our library offers. Take it from them:
Today, I used the library to...
... do research on my paper."
Brooks' librarians personally design research guides for Brooks classes featuring specific books, databases and other resources tailored to the needs of each course.
... relax and get inspired."
The library's materials support recreational reading, too. Recently, we've expanded our Young Adult collection and launched a wide-ranging digital reading collection.
... work with a study group."
Students rely on the library as a work-friendly space for gathering. Printers and computers make it a great place to prepare class presentations as well.
Originating as a single room in the Old Whitney House in 1927, the school library has always been an integral part of the Brooks community. Relocated to a wood paneled room in Gardner House in 1930, the school library maintained its status as a center for intellectual pursuits. Expanding to fill three additional rooms in 1949, the Brooks library was formally dedicated to the memory of De Forest Van Slyck, Jr., a Brooks graduate who was lost in action during World War II.
In 1965, the library moved from its Gardner House location into a new building, the Goelet Library, designed to accommodate a collection of 15,000 books and to serve 200 students. As the collection enlarged and information technology became critical to scholarship, the Henry Luce III Library was constructed to function as the major resource for the Brooks School community's learning and teaching needs. Named after Henry Luce III '42, the distinctive tri-level structure was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Amsler Woodhouse MacLean and dedicated in May 1995.