Our library brings together an extensive collection of digital and analog resources; research, study, and collaborative spaces; and an able and accessible staff that is essential to Thacher’s academic program. All this is available to students as they navigate the many research projects they’ll tackle during their time here. Beginning with formal library skills workshops during freshman year, the library staff is on hand to offer guidance, one-on-one assistance, and other services that give students the know-how to take on research in college—and beyond—with confidence and skill. 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 20,000 books and 70 periodicals. Augmenting these holdings is a robust regional interlibrary loan program and anytime, anywhere access to many online databases, including ebooks, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and language acquisition tools.
There are special collections and areas of particular strength: art and art history, California history, Robert Frost, and horse care and training. Also housed in the library are the Thacher Archives, a Writing and Research Center, and a “makerspace” for students to explore creative pursuits. A growing collection of books by Thacher alumni populates our special collections area.
Additionally, networked iMac computers in the library provide access to all of the School’s applications. Students working in the library can easily connect their own laptops via high-speed wireless network or by using the numerous ethernet ports.
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.
Digital Resources & Databases
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Academic Search Premier
Scholarly resource of full-text academic journals covering the major areas of academic research.
Database of millions of rights-cleared images for educational purposes.
Columbia Grangers Poetry
An encyclopedia of poets and poetry.
Research current events.
80,000 full-text e-books.
A comprehensive encyclopedia with multimedia resources.
Includes Biography Resource Center, Virtual Reference Library, and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.
Covers all aspects of the visual arts worldwide.
Premier authority on all aspects of music.
Search an archive of scholarly journals.
An interactive French dictionary.
Online language learning courses in over 60 languages.
A tool for conducting research and organizing bibliographies.
Oxford English Dictionary
Definitions, etymologies, and examples of usage from the authoritative English dictionary.
A searchable database of hundreds of publications giving access to articles.
Find books, magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers.
Testing & Education Resource Center
Information and resources for testing, college, and career.