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A Library Transformed
 
In 2009, The Fisher-Watkins Library underwent a digital transformation. The Academy replaced the majority of the library's 20,000 printed books with electronic sources and our collection has now become the largest of any independent school in the country. We wanted to create a library that reflected the reality of how students do research and fostered what they do -- one that went beyond the stacks and embraced the digital future.
 
Cushing's library now delivers thousands of web-based electronic books and authoritative database content directly to our students' laptops, while also supporting offline reading with immediate access to hundreds of thousands of downloadable electronic books delivered to our 200+ eReaders and/or students' personal devices.
 
Highlights of our dynamic, interactive learning center include:
  • state-of-the-art computers with high-definition screens for research and reading
  • quiet cyber-carrels
  • learning spaces for teaching and student-led group project work
  • monitors that provide students with real-time interactive data and news feeds from around the world
  • faculty lounge
  • cyber-café in a convivial setting for formal and informal student and teacher interaction
Above all, it is important to know that Cushing Academy is not going "bookless." While the library is focused on providing books in electronic format, many teachers continue to assign printed books in their courses, and students are encouraged to read and markup this literature in any format they find most convenient.
 
The Fisher-Watkins Library is now the most-used space on campus; it has become a hub where students and faculty gather, learn, and explore together. 
 
    Library Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 am – 10:00 pm
    Friday
    7:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday
    2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Fisher-Watkins Library - Mission Statement

    The primary goals of the library are to promote information literacy, support the curriculum, and provide a setting where students can feel both supported and inspired in their academic pursuits. Through both formal and informal instruction, the library plays a crucial role in helping to prepare students for academic success at the college level. Students develop their skills in accessing and utilizing digital information with the aid of current technology, including subscription databases, eBooks, and web-based resources.

    The library strives to meet the intellectual and academic needs of a diverse student body by providing resources on a wide range of levels. Through programming and the maintenance of a strong collection of recreational reading materials, the library seeks to promote reading and the sense of wonder and connection which literature can provide. In all these ways, the library endeavors to help each student develop a foundation for further education and a lifetime of learning.
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