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. The Library faculty collaborates with the classroom faculty to teach students information and technology literacy skills. Instruction is offered in research strategies, evaluation, and citing resources in a variety of flexible models.
There's no sense going to school unless your final destination is the library.
The 21st century school library embodies the best digital resources to complement 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 and individual study areas, 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.
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 basement of the Andrew Mellon Library, houses important documents and serves as an information resource for staff, students, alumni and researchers.
Records collected by the Archives include: administrative files; campus publications such as alumni magazines, catalogs, viewbooks, and programs; student publications such as the Brief and Answer Book (yearbooks), The Lit and Question Mark (literary magazines) and The News (student newspaper); recollections; and student papers. 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, over 150 scrapbooks, and artifacts such as school rings and charms.
A selection of Rosemary Hall artifacts is on permanent display in the rotunda of the Paul Mellon Humanities Center. In addition, three different exhibits illustrating the history and traditions of Choate Rosemary Hall are mounted throughout the year in the Reference 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 adjacent to the Archives, users can explore a significant number of literary first editions, a fine collection of books by Malcolm Lowry and the Concord Authors, as well as titles by and about Adlai Stevenson '18. The Haffenreffer Autograph Collection is also housed in the Rare Book Room.
We are delighted to accept gifts from alumni and friends that further illuminate and enliven the past history of the schools. Please contact Archivist Judy Donald RH ’66 at (203) 697-2325.
The Archives are open from September to June when school is in session. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome.