"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.
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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

We are unable to open the physical library to students at this time. If you require a book, periodical, or other material that the library usually provides for your research or reading for enjoyment, please contact the librarians directly. We will work together to find a digital resource to meet your needs.

The digital library collection (books) can be found on Sora using your @friendsseminary.org email address and password. We have a digital magazine collection, Flipster. This document gives instructions for logging on. We continue to have many databases available for research. The list of options and instructions for logging in can be found through our fs.follettdestiny.com site. 

Any suggestions you have about adding to and updating the collection are appreciated and should be emailed to the librarians.


Contact Us

Adrienne Almeida 
Director of Middle School and Upper School Library Services 

Paula Zamora Gonzalez
Lower School Librarian, Grade 4 Teacher

Alice Rowen 
Assistant Librarian

Library Resources

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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