The Reference Collection

The Henry Luce III Library maintains a solid reference collection to support the Brooks School curriculum. Print reference materials include: general and subject specialty almanacs, bibliographies, quotation and proverb books, style manuals, handbooks and directories, atlases and geographical resources, statistical sources and indexes to periodical literature. These print resources do not circulate and are to be used exclusively in the Library. The Luce Library also subscribes to an array of electronic reference resources that include multimedia encyclopedias, the Oxford English Dictionary and indexing services with full-text journal article retrieval. Reference assistance is always available.

Reserve Collection
The Reserve Collection consists of high demand books and journal articles with limited access. Faculty members have placed these items on Reserve for class use and generally, they are not to leave the library. Some items, however, may be borrowed overnight with faculty permission but these items can only be borrowed two hours before the library's closing and must be returned within one-half hour of the library's opening the next day. Reserve items come from a variety of sources: the library collection, department collections or from personal faculty collections. All Reserve items are shelved behind the Circulation Desk and must be formally checked out.

Brooks School Archives
The Brooks School Archives are housed in the lower level of the Henry Luce III Library. The Archives serve as the repository for the official records of Brooks School. The Archive collection contains meeting minutes for the Brooks Trustees, faculty and student organizations. Correspondence from school administrators, financial records and personal diaries are also stored in the Archives. The Archives also houses Brooks publications including the yearbooks, course offerings, admission brochures, alumni publications and student literary magazines. Scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings about Brooks and Brooks memorabilia are a part of the collection. Archival materials are irreplaceable and are collected, preserved and organized so that they can be accessed and conserved for future generations. Since archival materials have historical, legal, evidential and administrative value to the institution they may be used only under the supervision of the Archivist. A visit to the Brooks Archives is arranged by contacting the archivist, Dr. Michael McCahill at ext. 6232 to arrange an appointment.

Brooks Collection
The Brooks Collection consists of books authored by Brooks graduates and faculty members which are showcased on the library's upper level in glass-fronted book shelves. Access to this collection is attained through the assistance of the library staff. Since many of these books are out-of-print and irreplaceable, they do not circulate without the permission of the Library Director.

The Saltonstall Collection
In 1981 a book and magazine collection dedicated to the environmental sciences, ecology and nature was created through an endowment given in memory of Richard Saltonstall, Jr, Brooks, '55. Richard Saltonstall, Jr. was a noted journalist, White House correspondent, newspaper editor, book author and active environmentalist. Through the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, the Henry Luce III Library has purchased more than 400 monographs on such subjects as pollution, the extinction of man through nuclear war, ornithology, marine biology, wildlife conservation, biodiversity and global warming. The Saltonstall book collection resides in a designated alcove on the library's second level and serves as a significant resource for students studying life and earth sciences.

Video Collection
Videos are purchased to support the Brooks curriculum. These videos are cataloged and shelved in their appropriate subject areas. A designated video section does not exist. Videos may be borrowed for a three day period or viewed on the library's VCR if the equipment and a free room are available. A notebook containing the titles of the entire video collection at the Luce Library is available at the front desk.

Malloy Music Collection
Since 1999 a collection of more than 400 music CDs has been made available to the Brooks community as the result of a generous bequest made by the late Edwin A. Malloy, class of 1944. Edwin Malloy's attributed his life-long love of classical music to his exposure to this music at Brooks. Accordingly, the Malloy Music Collection consists mostly of classical works. The Malloy Music Collection and listening stations are housed on the library's second level and serve as a core music collection whose future growth will include other musical styles such as jazz, blues, Broadway musicals and World music.

Current journal, magazine and newspaper subscriptions are displayed in the library's Periodical Reading Room. Back issues of newspapers are kept for a three month period and selected periodicals are bound and shelved in the lower level of the library. Periodical titles with research value are collected in microfiche form. The microfiche collection and reader/printer reside in the Reference Room. The microfilm version of the New York Times dates back to 1851. For assistance with microfiche or microfilm, please ask the librarian.

Print indexes to periodical literature are available in the Reference Room. Electronic periodical indexes exist for most serial titles post 1984. Often these electronic indexes also include the full-text version of periodical articles. The Luce Library subscribes to the following electronic periodical resources:

  • The Boston Globe
  • Dialog@Carl Basic Collection
  • Informe
  • InfoTrac Web
  • Lexis-Nexis Scholastic Universe
  • Proquest Direct
  • SIRS Discoverer
  • SIRS Researcher
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