Make Yourself At Home

Everyone in the Phillips Academy community - students, faculty, staff, and their families - has a place in the OWHL. In addition to providing academic resources, we have a robust collection of fiction and nonfiction for pleasure reading, daily newspapers, magazines, games, and movies.

The Children's Corner

Located on the main floor of the library, our children’s corner has picture books, family-friendly films, comfy chairs and puzzles.

Thanks to an Abbot grant, this excellent collection includes all of the winners of the Newbery Award and the Caldecott Medal. If you are looking for a book for a particular age group check the color coded strip on the spine of the books. The purple strip is for kids 0-3. The orange strip is for early readers 4-6 and the blue strip is for middle readers 7-9.

The Baby Book Program

The OWHL purchases a book in honor of each new baby born or adopted by a faculty or staff member of the Academy. These books are plated with the name of our newest community member and are kept in the collection for the enjoyment of all.

Encouraging a love of pleasure reading in young people is essential to creating well-rounded, thoughtful, active citizens. In fact, according to a recent study published in Science, reading literary fiction deepens one's empathy and enhances the ability to understand the mental state of others.

With that in mind, the OWHL actively collects books for tween and young adult readers. Both collections are located in the Freeman Room. The Tween Collection ranges from early chapter books through middle grade reads. The Young Adult Collection contains both fiction and non-fiction pleasure reading books. There is also a separate Graphic Novel Collection with titles for children, young adults, and adult readers.

The OWHL actively supports and promotes reading for pleasure, and collects literary and popular fiction and nonfiction for all adults on campus.

In addition to our print collection, eBooks and Audiobooks are available to all community members through OverDrive.

We also subscribe to the following newspapers and magazines. Newspapers can be found at the circulation desk. Magazines can be found throughout the library.


  • Andover Townsman
  • Boston Globe
  • The Eagle Tribune


  • Artforum International
  • Astronomy
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Communication Arts
  • Daedalus
  • The Economist
  • Granta
  • Kenyon Review
  • MIT Technology Review
  • National Geographic
  • Natural History
  • Ploughshares
  • Poetry
  • Science
  • Scientific American
  • Sky & Telescope
  • Smithsonian
  • Wired