The Kirk Library, with its soaring three-story windows looking out onto Cardigan Mountain, is an inspiring place for students and faculty to engage in educational explorations of all kinds. Comfortable furniture and chessboards invite recreational reading and quiet games with friends. Group tables and individual carrels welcome collaborative work as well as focused study.
The library’s multimedia collection includes more than 10,000 print volumes, as well as Kindles, iPads, numerous journals and periodicals, hundreds of e-books, several online databases, audiobooks, and DVDs. Thousands of newspaper and magazine articles are available through EbscoHost, a service provided by the New Hampshire State Library. Affiliation with the New Hampshire State Library’s Automated Information Access System enables users at the School to obtain materials through the inter-library loan process. This is an especially exciting time in the library’s history.
The library’s current collections and operations are being evaluated to ensure that they not only adhere to best practices for general school libraries, but also cater to the specific needs and interests of middle school boys. Upcoming changes will transform the library into a “learning commons,” where interdisciplinary explorations are encouraged and where information is always readily available and accessible to all members of the Cardigan community.