Our libraries support curriculum in all divisions by encouraging reading and promoting research to direct the curiosity of inquisitive learners.
More than 20,000 titles are available to students and parents via the web-based catalogue, along with a variety of electronic databases, print periodicals, DVDs and other audio resources.
Lower and Key School
Oreck Library is in the heart of the campus, integrating knowledge and technology throughout the CDS learning experience. There are digital and print resources for research, learning, and collaboration. Spaces are available for individual, small group, and division learning. Students can enjoy age-appropriate reading and studying areas, plus community space for meetings and events.
Lower School students are welcome to independently visit the library throughout the school day with teacher permission. Weekly library visits include:
- Active listening during picture book reading
- Interactive storytelling, fingerplays, and songs
- Literature selections that reinforce classroom curriculum
- Independently selecting books to borrow and responsibly return
The Middle School Library collection is housed in the Oreck Library, with a rotating selection of new and interesting books readily available on the large display shelves in the Middle School lobby. The library offers a wide selection of young adult fiction, graphic novels, classic literature, research books, and magazines. Middle schoolers also have full access to all CDS research databases, along with the option to check out books from any CDS library, or directly from the Stephens Hall lobby display.
Middle School students are offered authentic learning opportunities to develop information literacy skills. Students have an option to participate in separate clubs during their lunch period every other week.
The Upper School Library is home to online and print research materials that support the CDS curriculum, along with an extensive reading collection that includes young adult fiction, classic literature, narrative nonfiction, and several magazines. Computers and printing services are also available. The library is enjoyed as a quiet study space, used by students during breaks and free periods throughout the day. Our librarian is available to help with research needs, book requests, and technology use.
Through numerous class sessions in the Upper School library, students are taught to use databases and reference sources to best explore topics in specific disciplines for research papers and projects.