Welcome to Your Library

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) is located at the heart of the Phillips Academy campus. We serve the informational needs of the entire campus, whether it be for academics or pleasure.

Like many 21st century libraries, the OWHL is about more than just the stuff on our shelves. Though we love providing books, movies, games, newspapers, scholarly journals, and more to everyone who walks through our doors, we want to help people become more than just consumers of information. Our librarians don't just show students how to find books - we teach them how to find, evaluate, and use the right resources. The OWHL is committed to helping the entire 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

1929.

We have over

80,000

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

"I think research is one of the most important skills students can come away from here with. It cuts across all disciplines and classes. Later on in life, they’ll learn that research is an amazing tool to just adapt to different jobs and tasks that will help you collaborate with all kinds of different people."

- Mike Barker, Director of Academy Research, Information and Library Services