Library

James G. Boswell Library

The James G. Boswell library brings together an extensive collection of digital and analog resources for research, study, and creative pursuits. Our knowledgeable and responsive staff is committed to promoting inquiry, developing crucial research strategies, and modeling a love for reading and learning. Like all other aspects of Thacher life, the library operates on the Honor Code.

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  • Collection and Resources

    Our collection comprises approximately 10,000 books and thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks. Augmenting these holdings is a robust regional interlibrary loan program and anytime, anywhere access to online databases, including encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. 

    The Library houses a special collection of books by Thacher alumni. The Thacher Archives documents the unique history of The Thacher School and the Ojai Valley. 

    Inside the Library is the Project Studio, a group work and crafting space. It is available for student use as well as for class assignments and activities. The Project Studio fosters a culture of learning that is collaborative, interactive, and multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on creative problem-solving.
  • History

    It started in a small campus room in the 1890s. William Kent, Thacher family friend and father of some of the earliest alumni, donated a humble collection of books that would ultimately become today’s collection. In 1928 a dedicated building was constructed to serve the community of 75 students and teachers and a first, second, and third wing were added over the years. In 1991 a major renovation was completed.

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    Alex Brown 

    Research Librarian
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