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Helen Temple Cooke Library

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.

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday7:45 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Friday7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday12:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Monday holidays follow a Sunday schedule, and the Sunday preceding a Monday holiday follows a Saturday schedule. The library is closed during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks.
Information Desk Number:
(781) 235-3010 x2585
Library Fax Number:
(781) 416-7882

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  • Poetry project

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  • Francesca

    "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."