About Ohrstrom Library

Ohrstrom Library: View from across Lower School Pond.

At the heart of St. Paul’s School,

Ohrstrom Library provides diverse collections, services and spaces that support the creation of new knowledge and expression. We equip community members with the skills, resources and experiences essential for fuller engagement with the world.

Located on the shore of Lower School Pond, Ohrstrom Library, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, opened in January 1991 and provides the community with a dynamic and hospitable environment for study, research, and reflection. At 32,000 square feet, the spacious Library can comfortably seat more than 250 students at a time.

Library Hours

The general hours for the Library are as follows (for daily variations see the calendar of library hours HERE):

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
    7:45 am – 9:55 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:15 am – 9:55 pm
  • Saturday: 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:55 pm

Services and Collections

  • A comprehensive website library.sps.edu providing access to the online Catalog, the Ohrstrom Blog, a full range of digital research collections and a wide range of other library offerings and programs.
  • A user services desk, conveniently located near the front entrance, for borrowing materials, obtaining research assistance, accessing course reserves and placing interlibrary loan requests.
  • A collection of approximately 75,000 print volumes in open stacks as well as DVDs, CDs, and SPS access to over 350,000 eBooks with remote access from both dorm and home. Approximately 18,000 physical items circulate each year.
  • A fast-expanding eReference collection, accessible from Ohrstrom’s homepage, facilitating access to a wide range of high-quality reference works produced by more than 50 publishers that include handbooks, manuals, guides and thousands of other reference works. Remote access from both dorm and home.
  • More than 81 periodical subscriptions, as well as access to thousands of digitized periodicals via full-text digital collections, including JSTOR, ProQuest Periodicals, EBSCOhost, Newspapers 1851 -2004London Times: 1785 -2007 and Newspapers 1690 -2000,  with remote access from both dorm and home. Plus, a campus-wide site license to the New York Times.
  • Equipment for in-library use including laptops, headphones and graphing calculators.
  • Individual study carrels, a computer equipped classroom, and quiet evening study hall.
  • eReference resources including: NBC Learn, Britannica Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online, Artstor, Oxford Islamic Studies, CQ Researcher, Biography in Context, and Oxford English Dictionary. Specialized digital collections providing access to works of art, newsreels, and citation management software. Remote access from both dorm and home.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for borrowing books and other materials not available at Ohrstrom Library from other libraries and organizations around the country.
  • Librarians available for classroom research instruction and individualized assistance to students with research papers, special projects, and classroom assignments.
  • The St. Paul’s School Archives containing school publications and records such as SPS yearbooks; thousands of photographs; the papers and correspondence of many former SPS Faculty and Rectors; old record books, letters, diaries and journals; school histories; an exhibition gallery featuring thematic aspects of school history; and the non-current files and records of various administrative offices which have permanent historical value.
  • Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives featuring online access to digitized photographs from the archives collection. Remote access from both dorm and home.