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 more than 15,000 books and 65 periodicals. Augmenting these holdings is a robust regional interlibrary loan program and anytime, anywhere access to online databases, including ebooks, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. Additionally, the Thacher Library has a number of items available for checkout including cameras, 3D pens, knitting & crochet materials, and more.

    The library houses special collections and areas of particular strength: art and art history, California history, camping, and horse care and training. A growing collection of books by Thacher alumni populates our special collections area. The Thacher Archives documents the unique history of The Thacher School and the Ojai Valley.

    New to the library is the Project Studio. The Project Studio is a workspace and classroom. It contains traditional art supplies, high tech tools and materials, and computers and software that students can use for class and personal projects. 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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Digital Resources & Databases

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  • Academic Search Premier

    Scholarly resource of full-text academic journals covering the major areas of academic research.
  • Artstor

    Image collections from across many cultures amd eras.
  • Britannica Escolar

    A comprehensive encyclopedia with multimedia resources written in Spanish.
  • Britannica ImageQuest

    Database of millions of rights-cleared images for educational purposes.
  • CQ Press/Researcher

    Provides award-winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day.
  • eBook Central

    80,000 full-text e-books.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica

    A comprehensive encyclopedia with multimedia resources.
  • Gale Net

    Includes Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints, US History Primary Sources, Spanish Language Reference Library..
  • JStor

    Search an archive of scholarly journals.
  • ProQuest

    A searchable database of hundreds of publications giving access to articles.
  • Questia

    Find books, magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers.
  • Statista

    Offers a wide range of statistics, infographics, reports, charts, graphs, and more that are international in range.