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

Library

The Friends Seminary Library program supports the mission of the School by providing a welcoming environment where the Quaker values of peace and study inform the pursuit of knowledge through reading, writing and research.
The Library space encompasses a Main Reading Room, Study Alcoves, a Periodical Room, an Archive Room, Study Alcoves and a Lower School wing.

A collection of print and digital materials including books, databases, and an enhanced book catalog support reading, classroom-related research projects, reading for pleasure, and the development of information fluency.  

Librarians work with classroom teachers and technology integrators to help students acquire information skills that emphasize critical thinking and creativity in a variety of media formats.

Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Library.

Library Resources

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Resources

    10,000 print books
    10 periodical subscriptions
    25 computers (laptop and desktop) in Main Reading Area 
    1 digital projector
    1 Plasma TV
     
  • Databases and Digital Resources

    Brittannica Image Quest
    Britannica Online
    Worldbook Online
     
    Lower School
    ELibrary
    Infobits
    One More Story
    Pebble Go: Animals, Science, Native Americans & Biographies

    Middle and Upper School
    American National Biography
    Noodletools Bibliography Formatter
    Foreign Affairs
    U.S. History in Context
    Medieval and World History
    Social Explorer
    Grolier Online
    Issues and Controversies in American History
    JStor
    New York Times Historical
    New York Times Online
    Oxford Art Online
    Oxford English Dictionary
  • Space and Equipment Resources

    Main Reading Room
    2 Computer Labs
    Wireless network
     
    Archive Room
    Lower School Area
    Laptop & desktop computers
     
    Periodical Alcove
    Study carrels
    3 Digital projection systems
     
    Small Group Study Alcoves
    OPAC circulation system
    1 Plasma TV

Hours

Grades 5-6: 
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m - 3:15 p.m. (or until 6:00 p.m. with parent, guardian or caregiver) 
Friday
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (or until 4:30 p.m.with parent, guardian or caregiver)

Grades 7-8: 
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Early Closings for the year:
The Library will close at 3:30 p.m. on the following days. Note that additional early closings may be announced. 

 
Tuesday, November 21 - Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 21 - Winter Break
Friday, March 16 - Spring Break
Friday, May 25 - Memorial Day Weekend

Contact Us

Constance Vidor 
Director of Library Services 
cvidor@friendsseminary.org
 
Paula Zamora-Gonzalez
Lower School Librarian
 
Alice Rowen 
Library Assistant 
arowen@friendsseminary.org
 
Meave Warnock Sheehan
After School Librarian
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
 
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New York, NY 10003
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