The School has three separate libraries focused on three distinct levels of student development- early childhood, elementary and middle school. There are also three full-time librarians on staff to provide age-appropriate support and guidance to students and faculty.
Throughout the School, all teachers use the library collection because literature is a large part of the curriculum. At every level, students are encouraged to take out books to read on their own. In the middle school, departments use the library in different ways. Fifth and sixth grade homeroom teachers and resource teachers use the library heavily for both fiction and curriculum based nonfiction. Seventh and eighth grade English teachers use the fiction collection extensively. Seventh and eighth grade science teachers are actively involved in selecting materials and borrowing large numbers of books throughout the year for use in the classroom. Online subscription databases are used most heavily for fifth and sixth grade social studies assignments. Teachers play an active role in selecting materials across the curriculum.
Research is a large part of the curriculum at most levels. Students are instructed in research skills at point of need in both print and electronic databases. The libraries also have a curriculum that addresses a broad spectrum of information literacy skills relating to research. The technology and library curricula overlap and teachers work together, especially in middle school, to give students the skills they need in this area. The Elisabeth Morrow School requires students to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for works cited. The library website gives resources and examples to help students meet the requirements for correct citation as well as guidelines for fair use and copyright. Relevant aspects of copyright and fair use are discussed and reviewed in computer class and library class in addition to other classrooms.
Goals of the library program at The Elisabeth Morrow School
- Meet the academic and information needs of the entire school community
- Encourage a love of reading and fine literature
- Keep abreast of current trends in librarianship through membership in professional organizations.