"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."


The Friends Seminary Library Program supports the mission of the school by contributing to the intellectual, imaginative and spiritual growth of all community members. The Library provides a welcoming environment where the Quaker values of community, stewardship, peace, integrity and equality inform the pursuit of knowledge through reading for joy and research.
The Friends Seminary Library is dedicated to the potential of every community member as scholar, storyteller and global citizen. It is the goal of the Library to inspire, celebrate and support these overlapping pursuits. To this end, the Library offers a robust print collection of fiction and nonfiction materials, subscriptions to periodicals, research databases and other digital resources, dynamic programming in all divisions, and an inclusive, productive work space.
Our Library program focuses on building lifelong habits of reading for pleasure and academic inquiry. Librarians work closely with classroom teachers and technology integrators to help students acquire fluency in information skills that will empower them to discover, understand and enjoy using information in all its evolving dimensions. We encourage the community to explore the Library’s print collection and access digital resources by using the Library’s digital catalog and resource hub, Follett Destiny, which is available locally and remotely. 

We recognize that each Library patron has individual needs and interests, so librarians work with all community members to help connect them with excellent resources. Librarians are available and happy to provide guidance, but it is ultimately the responsibility of each family to determine if and when a book is just right for their child. Our Collection Development Policy can be found here.

Library Hours of Operation

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Grades K-4

    7:30 AM - 6 PM with a caretaker

    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM with a caretaker
  • Grades 5-6

    7:30 - 8:05 AM independently
    3:15 - 6 PM with a caretaker

    7:30 - 8:05 AM independently
    3:15 - 4:30 PM with a caretaker
  • Grades 7-12

    7:30 AM - 6 PM independently

    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM independently

Workflow Schedule

In order to accommodate the various needs of our patrons, we ask Library users to observe the following work environments. Silent work space is available in the Academic Center and in the Silent Room on the fifth floor.

7:30 - 9 AM
Quiet Study 
9 - 10:30 AM
Collaborative Work 
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Quiet Study
12:30 - 2 PM
Collaborative Work
2 - 3 PM
Quiet Study 
3 - 4 PM
Collaborative Work 
4 - 6 PM
Quiet Study

Contact Us

Adrienne Almeida 
Director of Middle School and Upper School Library Services 

Paula Zamora Gonzalez
Lower School Librarian 

Elle Hauschen 
Fourth Grade Librarian

Alice Rowen 
Assistant Librarian

Eric Owens 
After School Librarian 

Library Resources

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.

222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
F: 212.979.5034