The Helen Temple Cooke Library is a complete information resource center designed to serve the students, faculty and staff of Dana Hall School. Its primary goals are to support the diverse academic curriculum, to meet a wide range of student interests and abilities by providing multiple resources for learning, to develop the skills and self-confidence of students so they can operate effectively in any library, to provide a comfortable and caring atmosphere for individual and group study, and to foster a lifelong appreciation of reading, viewing, and listening as sources of pleasure and personal growth.
The library's resources include a collection of more than 35,000 items (books, audiobooks, DVDs and videotapes, and CDs), 150 print periodical subscriptions (including seven daily and two weekly newspapers), a pamphlet file, two digital pianos, two photocopiers, a media production facility, and the Dana Hall School Archives. The library catalog, a full array of databases and e-books, 20,000 full-text online periodicals, the library blog, Lib Guides and additional information about the library can be accessed through the library resource page. The library's memberships in CLASS (the Cooperative Library Association Shared System, a consortium of independent school libraries) and MLS (the Massachusetts Library System) provide additional access to the resources of several hundred libraries statewide. The library also houses 18 desktop computers, 40 laptops (20 of which circulate) and 32 iPads.
The current library facility opened in September 1998 and is a welcoming space that seats 140 users at tables, carrels, and armchairs. There also are a variety of smaller spaces within the library that are available for student use: four group study rooms, a classroom, and a media production room.