The Brown Library is here to support the academic needs of the Sterling community. It is open 24/7, and its focused collection was built in large part, by requests and is supplemented by an interlibrary loan network when additional books and articles are needed. The library operates on the honor system; there is a self-checkout station at the front desk. It is also open to the public during week days.
The library feels very homelike. Designed by Sam Russell, an alumni parent and former member of the Board of Trustees, and built chiefly by students and faculty, it consists of the renovated Carpenter House and its garage, with a connecting gallery. A cozy Reading Room with comfortable furnishings offers “a room with a view” of Mount Mansfield and beautiful sunsets. This room also provides a space for special evening workshops and events, such as a poetry circle. Exhibits by local artists grace the walls of the gallery. Students in arts classes also have an opportunity to shine by displaying their work in the library at the end of each semester.
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