Middle School students often gravitate towards the Middle School Reading Room, a space within the Blackburne Library especially for them. There, students select books for assignments and leisure reading or use the area for studying and doing homework.
In the Middle School, the Blackburne Librarians implement an age-appropriate Information Literacy curriculum, in collaboration with teachers, to design specific research strategies for projects, incorporating the use of print and electronic resources.
Upper School students use the Library and its resources to research a variety of subjects, including United States history, globalization, bioethics, poetry, ancient cultures and more.
In the Upper School, the Blackburne Librarians encourage students to ask more complex questions in their research. Students are supported in using scholarly materials and primary sources. Research skills introduced in Middle School are reinforced, with emphasis placed on academic honesty and proper citation of works used.
The Library is open to Upper School students throughout the day as a quiet study space. Books and magazines of interest to teenagers are purchased regularly and are available for browsing and circulation.