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Part of nurturing intellect and imagination involves getting the right set of tools into the hands of our students.

Once they have the resources, we teach our students the skills to use them critically and ethically. Our libraries are a gateway to great literature, providing opportunities for the Brentwood School community to see the world through a variety of lenses. In addition to recommending good books to read, our librarians teach information literacy and research skills integrated into the school’s curriculum. They regularly evaluate and update lessons as new ways of accessing, organizing, and using information become available.

 

Lower School

HOURS 

Monday - Thursday | 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Lower School Library supports three main goals: to support the curriculum, to promote reading for pleasure, and to assist the faculty. In addition to weekly class visits to the library, we conduct an annual book drive and book fair, as well as other special events. Our collection of over 10,000 volumes is available to all members of our community—students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Looking for something to read?

Check out Bookapalooza: Mrs. Mason's Book Blog for ongoing recommendations and suggestions. We are also passionate about promoting diversity in literature. Learn more at the following links:

Grace Lin’s Ted Talk 

We Need Diverse Books 

The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children 

American Indians in Children’s Literature 

Reading While White

Middle School

HOURS 

Monday - Thursday | 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Middle School Library is a warm and lively hub for research and learning, geared for the needs of Middle School students. Our robust collection includes everything from easy-to-read books in Spanish and Mandarin that support the language curriculum to the most up-to-date grade level literature on scientific activism. Our librarian works with the Middle School teachers to integrate research and citation skills into projects that constantly challenge middle school students to see the practical application and relevance of their learning.

The diverse and up-to-date collection in the Middle School Library reflects our world and gives students both mirrors and windows to explore their identities. With a community area for gathering in small groups and displaying artwork, the library is also a vibrant hangout for discussions about culture—whether it's your favorite book, Instagram account, movie, or music.

Upper School

HOURS 

Monday - Thursday | 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday | 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Upper School Library is a vibrant and friendly academic center where students and faculty can study, collaborate, and learn together. The research curriculum is integrated in the Upper School classes, and the librarian and library staff are always available for individual drop in help.

Students come to the library to study alone, with friends, or to relax. The library hosts many activities and events including a Banned Book Celebration, poetry readings, book clubs, and author visits. A Student Library Advisory Council provides an invaluable student voice in event programming and library improvements. They also pursue book-related service initiatives that promote literacy, like a recent fundraiser to contribute books to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

library Resources

  • 20+ databases, many of which they can use in college
  • Thousands of print books
  • 100,000+ ebooks for research
  • Pleasure reading ebooks and audiobooks in a consortium with other area independent schools
  • Book club

  • Charging tables
  • Study rooms
  • Sewing machine

  • Cricut maker

  • Button makers

Our Library Team

Elisabeth Abarbanel

Elisabeth Abarbanel

Head Librarian, East Campus
Jessica James

Jessica James

Librarian, East Campus
Yapha Mason

Yapha Mason

Head Librarian, West Campus