The Library is at the heart of the school, both physically and experientially. Students visit the library for research, instruction, and recreational reading.
We offer resources in print and digital format for students, teachers, and parents. Visit our library catalog to search the collection, or read more about the Library below.
The mission of the Burke’s Library is to fulfill the mission of the school: to educate, encourage, and empower girls so that they thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.
The Library’s outstanding collection is deep, diverse, and tailored to meet the needs of students, faculty, and families. The collection includes over 40,000 items, including print and electronic books and audiobooks. The collection is physically divided between the Upper and Lower School libraries.
The Burke’s Library offers a robust K-8 program, and supports the independent research and recreational reading needs of the entire community. This includes individual students, families, faculty, and board members. Blending the tried-and-true with innovation, the Library promotes 21st-century teaching and learning in its own curriculum and throughout the school.
The Library welcomes students for independent research, study, and recreational reading. In addition to scheduled class time, the Lower School Library is open to students select mornings before school and each snack recess. The Upper School Library is open to students each morning before homeroom, as well as snack recess and lunch. The Libraries offer space for lounging and reading, board games, and structured activities including crafts and STEM projects.
Fifth and sixth graders visit the Library once a rotation during their library-based HEART unit, and all Upper School students visit on a varied schedule according to individual, class, and assignment needs. Teachers may also schedule visits to the Library for projects and research.
Library hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kindergartners, first, second, and third graders come to the Library once a week for 40 minutes. Fourth graders come to Library once a week for 50 minutes.