A love of ideas and reading is at the very heart of a Brearley education. The Library promotes this tradition by encouraging each girl’s discovery of the world of books, by providing tools and training for research and by serving as a vital hub for ongoing intellectual exploration.

Library Info:

List of 8 items.

  • Lower School Library

    The Lower School has its own Library, located in but separate from the main library. 
    • K-IV weekly library period with borrowing privileges
    • Reading advisory and loans to parents
    • K accompanied by teaching assistants
    • Separate Catalog for Lower School
  • Gordan Library (Middle School and Upper School)

    • Classes V & VI have Library Class once per week, emphasizing the development of independent reading.
    • Project-based research is explored in Class V's Colonial Times and World's Fair assignments and in Class VI's Ancient Rome assignment.
    • In Classes VII–XII, girls visit the library with their subject teachers for collaborative research instruction.
  • Research Databases


    Total Books: 30,000
    L.S. Library:10,000
    Gordan Library: 20,000

    Periodicals: 70
    L.S. Library: 10
    Gordan Library: 60

    Newspapers: 5
    Videos: 2,500
    Audio: 650
    Research Databases: 25
    E-books: 800

    The online catalog provides information about print, e-books, video, and audio holdings. Access the Catalog here.
  • Ebooks

    Brearley Ebook Collection:
    Use your library user ID to log in.  If you need your library user ID, please contact library-department@brearley.org.

    Device Specific Guides for Using OverDrive Ebooks:
  • Summer Reading Lists

    With summer vacation comes the joy of reading for pleasure. When you are selecting books to read over the summer, choose books from a broad range of genres, such as historical fiction, fantasy, biographies, poetry, and the wide world of nonfiction.

    Also, remember that many picture books and graphic novels are educational and enjoyable for both children and adults alike. We hope you will set aside time each day to read. There is no better support for academic success than reading every day. Reading literature enlarges vocabulary, expands general knowledge, and enriches understanding of literary references. We also encourage you to make reading a family activity by reading aloud to each other or enjoying an audiobook together.

    Anyone living, working or attending school in New York City is eligible for a Public Library card, and we encourage all of you to register for a card. If you will be outside of NYC, explore the local branch of the public library nearest you.

    Visit the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library or Queens Public Library for summer reading programs, books, and fun!

    • Interlibrary loan with Interschool libraries
    • Membership in New York Society Library

A Welcoming Place

The Library comprises two facilities located side by side on the first floor, with a combined collection of more than 30,000 volumes. The Lower School Library is a friendly, comfortable place for storytelling time, classes with librarians and browsing for books to take home. The Middle and Upper School Library offers space for older students to pursue individual research and receive guidance in library skills. Even while expanding technologically, it has managed to retain its old-fashioned charm: around the corner from computer desks and private work carrels are window seats and nooks for curling up in a free period with a good book.


In addition to its wealth of books, the library features advanced information technology for research. Students have access to dozens of online and print subscriptions, musical recordings, audio books and an extensive film collection of over 2,500 titles.

Meet the Library Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Amy Chow 

  • Celia Dillon 

    Head Librarian
  • Susannah Goldstein 

    Librarian; Advisor
  • Erica Muñoz-Gonzalez 

    Interim Cross-Divisional Counselor
  • Kris Santos 

    Circulation Assistant and Archivist
Mon.-Thurs.: 8:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

(212) 570-8525
The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582