About the Library

The Mercersburg Academy Library
The Library is housed in Lenfest Hall, along with the History Department and the Staley Archives. 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 ninth-grade history, where students learn about intellectual property, citation and how to organize their research. The program continues with bibliographic instruction sessions that occur across the curriculum.

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 community at large by housing more than 45,000 volumes, over 100 subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, and journals, over two dozen Online Databases, and a collection of over 1,000 DVDs.

The librarians supply students, faculty, and staff with timely, important information while encouraging them to become independent learners. This 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 during these bibliographic instruction sessions. 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.

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 1-5pm; 7-9:50pm
Monday: 8-6; 7-9:30pm
Tuesday: 8-6; 7-9:50pm
Wednesday: 8-6; 7-9:50pm
Thursday: 8-6; 7-9:50pm
Friday: 8-5pm
Saturday: 1-3pm

(closed 6-7pm for dinner)

Library Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Alexandra Patterson 

    Director of Library Services
  • Suzanne Taylor 

    Research Librarian
  • Julie Bell 

    Assistant Librarian
  • Alison Curwen 

    Library Assistant
  • Jessica Bontrager 

    Library Assistant
The archives can be contacted by emailing or calling 717-328-6171.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236