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Welcome to Your Library

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) is named for the famous physician, poet, and literary figure, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., class of 1825. Located at the heart of the Phillips Academy (PA) campus, the OWHL serves the informational needs of the entire PA community.

Like many 21st century libraries, the OWHL consists of more than just the material on our shelves. Though we love providing books, movies, newspapers, scholarly journals, and more to our community, our staff aims to help patrons become more than simply consumers of information. By teaching students and community member how to find, evaluate, and use the right resources, the OWHL is committed to helping the entire PA community become active creators, readers, contributors, and participants in the information and media landscape.

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library empowers the community of Phillips Academy to learn, discuss, create, and explore. Dedicated to supporting the diverse information and research needs across campus, the Library champions inquiry by providing intellectual support, social opportunities, and a collaborative environment for all.

The OWHL Mission

The current library building was given by Thomas Cochran (class of 1890) and designed by Charles Platt. Cochran named the library for Oliver Wendell Holmes (class of 1825) to remind the students of the alumnus's literary achievements.

Fast Facts

The library was built in


We have over


books on our shelves

You have access to more than three million items from local public libraries and universities through the

NOBLE network

We're open

85 hours

a week

Our makerspace is called

The Nest

We teach over

400 classes

every year

There is still no talking in the

Garver Room