The Lake Library serves the Pre-Primary and Primary Schools – Early Learners through Grade Four. The bright, welcoming space boasts an excellent library collection and state-of-the-art technology including Apple computers, Chromebooks, and iPads for research.
The outstanding and up-to-date collection of books and instructional materials are tailored to the needs of Laurel's Pre-Primary students, Primary girls, their families, and their teachers. The library is home to a collection of professional books for use by both faculty and parents. The librarian and teachers collaborate to teach reading and information literacy skills and to ensure that students become enthusiastic, independent, and effective library users.
The Crile Library Learning Commons and Ruhlman Resource Center serves Grade 5 through adults. We encourage girls to read responsibly and enjoy a wide variety of genres. We are mindful of the wide range of interests and maturity levels of our girls. Without limiting their choices, we encourage our students to select books appropriate for them and encourage parents to talk with their daughters about the books they are reading.
The American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights guides our practice: Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or view of those contributing to their creation.
With nearly 15,000 square-feet of space on two levels, Crile Library is a beautiful and inviting reading, research, and collaboration space. It also houses an enclosed classroom to integrate the best of electronic and print resources for students.
Highlights of the Crile Library include:
State-of-the-art library management system which gives students access to library resources from anywhere with Internet access
Subscription databases, providing up-to-date information from outstanding sources
Ever-expanding fiction and graphic novel collection
A variety of audio-visual materials available for checkout to faculty, staff and students; including video cameras, digital still cameras, document cameras and more
Collection of Laurel student and faculty artwork displayed throughout library