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.