The Lower School Library, centrally located in Whitby Hall, serves students in Grades 4-6. The space fosters a love of reading with a carefully curated and diverse collection (including fiction, picture books, non-fiction, biographies, poetry, mysteries, reference volumes, folk tales, and graphic novels) and many comfortable reading spaces.
Every Lower School student attends a Library Class one time during each seven-day rotation, to develop their research skills and appreciation of reading. In addition, the Library organizes author visits and a lunch-time Book Club open to all Lower Schoolers.
The Jane Craige Gray '32 Library in Woodley North serves the Middle and Upper School communities. A beautiful, light-filled space with stunning views of Washington National Cathedral, the Gray Library contains NCS's 60,000-book collection, as well as extensive digital and multimedia resources. Two dedicated librarians provide in-depth training to ensure students make the most of database research.
The Gray Library encourages collaborative work with seminar rooms and flexible common spaces. The space invites students to gather, linger, and curl up with a good book. It is frequently used as an informal gathering place for book clubs, poetry readings, author visits, and alumnae get-togethers.