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Cushing's e-Library

Dedicated to forging the most forward-thinking programs for twenty-first century education, Cushing Academy is in the process of transforming our library into one that is virtually bookless by 2010.

Our internal research has shown that students rarely rely on printed books for their academic work, and instead search for information online, either in our library space or on their laptops. In order to effectively guide our students in using the myriad sources now available and rapidly growing in electronic formats, Cushing is working to create a radically different vehicle for accessing ideas and information.

Our current collection of 20,000 books will soon be replaced by millions of volumes in far less space and with much richer and more powerful means of access. Terminals we call “Portals of Civilization” will give ready access to everything humans have achieved, from every civilization, across an ever-expanding universe of culture. Space that previously housed bound books will become community-building areas where students and teachers are encouraged to interact, with a coffee shop, faculty lounge, shared teacher and students learning environments, and areas for study.

Our hope is to provide not only electronic research tools, but also to create an electronic lending library with use of a Kindle or other e-reader, as well as to renovate the physical space to make it a center for collaboration, communication, and experiential learning.

To learn more about our eLibrary, click the following links:

Library Update from Headmaster Tracy
Board of Trustees: Strategic Commitment to 21st Education
NPR: Here and Now
ABC World News
The Kindle Chronicles interview
The Boston Globe
FOX 25 News
Live chat transcript from Boston.com


Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.