The Mercersburg Academy library at Lenfest Hall is a hub of information, research, and print and digital media.
The library’s primary mission is to support the curriculum through a research instruction and information literacy program. This program begins with classes that take place in the context of 9th-grade history, where students learn about intellectual property, citation, and how to organize their research. Continued bibliographic instruction sessions occur across the curriculum.
The librarians supply students, faculty, and staff with timely, important information while encouraging them to become independent learners. This goal is proactively attained through bibliographic instruction and research support of the various classes, and the reference services offered throughout the day and during Evening Quiet Hours.
The library’s main objective is to teach the skills that are important to information literacy. Classes often come to the library so that they can subsequently use the library’s resources, or the librarians will travel to a class to provide the instructional services as needed, such as a lesson on citations or how to use a specific database or the Online Catalog.
Monthly book clubs, book-centered events, movie nights at the library, charging stations, and the occasional hot-chocolate or hot-cider break make Lenfest Hall not just a library—but a gathering place on campus.
The library is able to support both the academic and recreational needs of the school community at large by housing more than 25,000 physical volumes, more than 200,000 ebooks, more than two dozen online databases, a collection of more than 500 DVDs, chargers and adapters for checkout, classrooms (including the classroom of the future), and offices.