Lower School


The Lower School has it's own Library, located in but separate from the main library. We leave the top shelves empty because little arms couldn't reach them anyway :)


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  • 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

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Erin Olsen

    Mrs. Erin Olsen 

    The Brearley School
    Head Librarian
  • Photo of Amy Chow

    Mrs. Amy Chow 

    McGill University - B.Mus.
    Dalhousie University, Halifax - M.L.I.S.
  • Photo of Joy Piedmont

    Joy Piedmont 

    The Brearley School
    Librarian, US DEIA Coordinator
  • Photo of Zoey Downs

    Ms. Zoey Downs 

    The Brearley School
    Archivist and Library Circulation Assistant
    University of Maryland - MLIS
  • Photo of Cambria Kelley

    Cambria Kelley 

    The Brearley School
    Part-time Library Assistant
    UC Riverside - Bachelor of Arts
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