The Joseph Dana Allen Library is the center of learning and research at Poly, where it serves a diverse population of students, Grades 5 through 12. In 2002, we completed a $1.5 million renovation of the library, increasing capacity, improving online and offline resources, and restoring the library space to its historic splendor. Enter the library and you'll find students reading, working at laptops at our new research stations, meeting in conference rooms, or relaxing in the library lounge.
Our Middle School and Upper School librarians work with individuals, classes, and classroom teachers to help students develop the research and critical thinking skills they need for their class work and for independent lifelong learning.
The library features an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction books, reference material, periodicals, and licensed Internet databases. Students can browse 50+ magazine subscriptions, from Architectural Digest to Wired, in our Periodicals Reading Room. Our Research Center includes more than 2,000 print reference titles, as well as six computers for student use. The library provides access to 35 scholarly databases for home and on-site use, including JSTOR, Oxford Reference Online, and NewsBank Historical Newspapers.
The library maintains five special collections: Alumni Author Collection, Barr-Trynin Science and Medicine Collection, Edwards Modern Art Collection, Edelman FDR/Churchill Collection, and Feldman Classics Collection. However, endowed accounts that provide general unrestricted support are encouraged, with income from endowed funds used to augment the library’s annual budget.
Current students can visit the library’s Google site to explore pathfinders, browse digital resources, and access our databases.
|Hours of Operation:
Mon.–Thu., 8:00 AM–5:45 PM
Fri. 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Loan Period: 1 week
Phone (718) 768-1103
Fax: (718) 768-1687
|Books: 25,000+ volumes
Online databases: 35