The Andrew Mellon Library is at the heart of teaching and learning. The Library’s mission is to enhance Choate Rosemary Hall’s academic environment and support the education of each of our students. With the advent of the digital and technological revolution, the importance of this role is amplified. The Library faculty collaborates with the classroom faculty to teach students information and technology literacy skills. Instruction in research strategies, evaluation, and citing resources are offered in a variety of flexible models.

There's no sense going to school unless your final destination is the library.
Ray Bradbury

The 21st century school library embodies the best electronic resources to compliment unique print information. The Mellon Library offers our community over 190,000 titles including 130,000 eBooks. Additionally, students and faculty have access to over 50 scholarly databases. Every effort is made to respond to the extracurricular interests of students.

The library has an absolute commitment to provide both contemplative and collaborative spaces for all users. A variety of spaces, including numerous group studies and a quiet study area, are available to our students. Walking through the Mellon Library any day or evening confirms the program’s vitality and the value students and faculty confer on their library.

Archives and Special Collections

The mission of the school Archives is to collect, preserve and make available the historical records of Rosemary Hall, The Choate School and Choate Rosemary Hall. To this end, the Archives with its primary office on the second floor and an annex in the Library basement of the Andrew Mellon Library, houses important documents and serves as an information resource for staff, students, alumni and interested researchers.

Records collected by the Archives include: administrative files; campus publications such as the alumni magazines, catalogs, viewbooks, programs; and student publications such as the Brief and Answer Book (yearbooks), The Lit and Question Mark (literary magazines) and The News (student newspaper). The history of the schools is illuminated not only by documents but also by memorabilia: the textile collection (e.g., Rosemary Hall uniforms, Choate varsity sweaters), the media collection (from LPs to DVDs), the photograph collection, and over 150 scrapbooks.

A selection of Rosemary Hall memorabilia is on permanent display in the rotunda of the Paul Mellon Humanities Building. In addition, three different exhibits illustrating the history and traditions of Choate Rosemary Hall are mounted throughout the year in the Reading Room of the Andrew Mellon Library.

In addition to the John F. Kennedy ’35 Collection, the Library is very fortunate to have a number of special collections. In the Harold L. Tinker Rare Book Room users can explore a collection of unique and rare books, a significant number of literary first editions, an excellent sample of early American printings, a fine collection of books by Malcolm Lowery and the Concord Authors, as well as titles by and about Adlai Stevenson ’18.

The Haffenreffer Autograph Collection presented to the school by Karl ’58, Rudolf ’56, and David ’57 consists of famous autographs, documents and pictures related to early American history. Students may also browse an extensive collection of first editions by and about Thomas Hardy.

Memorabilia Welcomed

We are delighted to accept from alumni and friends that further illuminate and enliven the past history of the schools. Please contact Archivist Judy Donald ’66 at (203) 697-2325.

The Archives is open from September to June when school is in session. The hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome.