The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library is a memorial to Hulbert Taft, Jr. '26. Designed by the architectural firm of Jeeter & Cook, the library opened in its present location in 1969. Almost 30 years later the library underwent major renovations and was annexed to the Ivy Kwok Wu Science and Mathematics Center. The renovation was designed by Graham Gund Architects of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Library's new Nancy and Ben Belcher Learning Center was dedicated in September 1997.
The library's mission is to provide a place where students can work individually and in small groups; where they can browse through open shelves and sample new interests; where teachers can pursue their own research and interests. It is also a place to which the entire community can look as a source of tradition and permanence on the campus.
The aim of the Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library is to provide quality services that are sufficiently flexible to meet the challenges of educational, societal, and technological change while still maintaining the traditional role of the library as a locus for the academic life of the community.
The library houses more than ten distinct collections, with the Main Circulating Collection comprising the bulk of the Library's 58,000 volumes. The library subscribes to a wide array of local, state, national and international newspapers in both paper and microform, as well as over 150 journals in hard copy, most of which are accessible in back issues by means of bound editions, microform, or in full-text on electronic databases to which the library subscribes. Those full-text databases provide access to articles in over 12,000 periodical titles.
The library's Video/DVD and Music Collections on compact disc are used by faculty in direct support of classroom teaching, as well as by students for both research and personal enjoyment.
RhinoCAT is the Taft School’s Online Catalog. It is an Innovative Interfaces system and is available over the web at Rhinocat.TaftSchool.org. The Library's home page on the campus network guides students and faculty to Taft Library resources and to electronic sources which the library provides on the Internet.
—Tom Cesarz, Library Director
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