Mission: A library is more than a place to get books; an archive more than a place to research; a museum more than a place to look at objects. At Dalton, they are hubs of possibilities and provide opportunities to inquire and learn, to collaborate and share, to explore diverse perspectives and cultures, to develop empathy, and to come together as a community of passionate pursuers of knowledge and lovers of literature.
The Dalton School Libraries are dynamic, 21st-century learning environments offering state-of-the-art facilities with a diverse book and media collection, a sophisticated online Discovery Service for research, a collaborative and rigorous Information Literacy curriculum, and a robust variety of programming. The libraries are comprised of the Goldman High School and Middle School Libraries at 89th Street, the Hurst First Program Library at 91st Street, and our newest satellite library at Dalton East.
The libraries offer a rich and diverse program to support all aspects of the school's curriculum while fostering a lifelong love of reading and learning. Group and individual instruction are ongoing both in the library settings and in collaboration with teachers in their classrooms. We also provide a variety of experiences for students including visits from guest authors and interactive programs both during the school day and after school.
Among the three libraries, we hold over 40,000 print items and our book collection is enhanced by rich resources that include more than 50,000 eBooks, over 50 research databases, inter-library loan service, audiobooks, and videos.
Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni are all welcome to use the libraries and participate in our programs and events.
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In addition, The Dalton School Libraries offer a unique, hands-on museum program curriculum currently staffed by an art historian, Dr. Michelle Marcus, and trip coordinator, Kris Santos. Dr. Marcus works collaboratively with classroom teachers to design and implement learning experiences that enhance the school's curriculum. The museum specialists also schedule trips to a number of museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, and frequently schedule outside guests to share their expertise with our community. The museum program truly enables our students and faculty to experience New York City as a classroom.
The Dalton School Archives is currently located in the Goldman High School Library. The Archives appraise, preserve, and make accessible the primary source materials that document the school's history from its establishment in 1919 to the present. Many of the Archives' resources have been digitized and they are being added to the Archives Digital Collections database as they become available. Visits to the Archives can be arranged by appointment.