The Rhoda H. Goldman Library at the Lower/Middle School and the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library at the High School are a central part of Georgetown Day School. Together, the libraries offer more than 26,000 volumes, 24/7 access to hundreds of digital reference sources and books, and more than 35 subscription databases via the web.
The Lower/Middle School librarians help PK through 8th grade students discover a love for reading and become efficient, capable handlers of information. The library is open throughout the school day for class visits and independent study. Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade classes visit the library on a weekly schedule to learn information skills. Seventh and 8th grade classes are scheduled on an as-needed basis. All students receive instruction in the efficient retrieval and use of information in connection with classroom assignments. The library collection offers a wide selection of children's literature and non-fiction for ages four to fourteen as well as digital reference material, parent-teacher material, and audiobooks.
In support of GDS's mission, the LMS librarians encourage students to build networks and collaborate across differences through their reading choices. The librarians believe in the power of books to provide windows and mirrors into the human experience.
The Gelman Library serves as an information resource and curricular support for both students and faculty at the High School. The library is open during building hours to students and faculty for research and quiet study. High School students receive information literacy and research instruction in connection with classroom assignments. The library has a separate instructional computer lab that is used for lessons on information literacy and as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) lab. Wireless access is available in the library as well as access to sixteen desktop computers in the library. The collection offers a selection of fiction, graphic novels, digital references, and audiobooks.