committed to the principles of intellectual freedom, our libraries maintain over 25,000 resources that acquaint students with diverse cultures, perspectives, experiences, and ideas.
Key School is home to three distinct libraries, each specifically dedicated to the Division(s) it serves.
In addition to printed books, students and faculty have access to over 1,500 eBooks and Audiobooks via Overdrive, using the Sora App.
Our dynamic libraries are a hub for student activity hosting a variety of events for students such as the Black-Eyed Susan Voting Luncheon, “Indie Reading” time, the African-American Read-In, and Literary March Madness. Our libraries also maintain a collection of titles for families needing information on parenting, education and children’s growth and development.
The warm and welcoming Manse Library serves the First and Lower Schools. A vibrant library program teaches students to become both effective researchers and discriminating readers. An 8,400-plus-volume collection includes books and materials that inform, enchant and inspire our youngest students from Key-Wee through 4th grade.
The Ford K. Brown Library serves the academic and recreational needs of our Middle School community. In conjunction with our Upper School library, a collection of over 17,000 books are available. Print, online and audio-visual materials have been carefully selected to support curricular objectives, promote literacy, and stimulate the imagination of students in grades 5-8.
In addition to its print materials the Upper School Library offers students digital access to a large number of primary source documents and resources in support of the Upper School humanities curriculum. The library also provides diverse spaces for activities that reflect the range of intellectual and social pursuits of our Upper School community of students in grades 9-12. A fireplace, a glass-enclosed reading porch, and individual study carrels invite both independent and collaborative work and allows for quiet reflection and community gatherings such as town halls and coffee houses.
Each Library at Key seeks to infuse a love of reading in the students they serve, with an overall goal of “promoting a community of readers.” The collections and services of Key School libraries work in support of the School's Mission.