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Levison Bason Library

An Upper School student looking through a book at a table in the library


The Levison Bason Library strives to be a welcoming space that serves the entire learning community, aiming to represent the very best of participatory culture while providing a space for both independent and collaborative work. Cornerstones of the library program include instilling the love of reading and lifelong learning, alongside inspiring critical, ethical thinkers and effective users of ideas and information.

Our Library Features

  • 38,000 print volumes
  • 17 Study Carrels
  • 2 Conference rooms
  • Over 65 Databases including newspapers, periodicals, and scholarly journals
  • Over 20 Magazines in print
  • Access to Ebooks through several Overdrive Collections
  • Materials upon request

Members of the Collegiate community are welcome and encouraged to engage in their personal and academic learning pursuits in the library. In addition to providing access to research tools and reading materials, ensuring a Collegiate student can sit by the window in perceived solitude, thinking about life and turning the pages of a book will always be important to the mission of the Collegiate Library.

The library is a place for


study, research, student-teacher meetings, reading for pleasure


collaboration, advisory, group work, club meetings, games, family visits


discovery, inquiry, connection, creation, reader’s advisory

In the Lower School, we meet with classes on a weekly basis and students are welcome to visit the library throughout the school day. We partner with teachers and help to secure resources for their projects. 

In Middle School and Upper School, we partner with faculty for research classes during class projects. Students are welcome to visit the library before, after, and throughout the school day. Middle School Students are encouraged to visit and offer recommendations for their own satellite library on the 8th floor. 

Our collection is developed through professional library journals and community recommendations. We provide reader’s advisory to students and the greater Collegiate Community. The Collegiate Community is invited to check out and join us for library events such as book discussions, Library Week, and family read alouds.

a lower school student reading a book at a table in the library
Student reading a book while lounging on a bean bag
Lower School student picking out a book at the library
Upper School students doing school work in the library
2 Lower School students reading a book together
Library stacks and students at tables
2 Lower School students reading together in the library at a table
3 students kneeling on the floor reading books in the library

What we are reading

LS: Evergreen by Matthew Cordell
MS: A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers by Russ Bengston
US: The Iliad by Homer, Emily Wilson
Adult: The Fraud by Zadie Smith