For hundreds of Greenhill alums, the Marian M. and Williams S. Montgomery Library remains one of their favorite places when they think of their alma mater. Designed by renowned Texas architect O'Neil Ford, the library opened in December 1968 as the third "permanent" building on the Greenhill campus. After four decades, the Montgomery Library continues to be a reminder of the role that architecture can play in inspiring learning and in physically reflecting and supporting educational ideals.
Today, the Montgomery Library houses over 48,000 print volumes and also contains a Lower School Library, Multimedia Computer Lab and the Ann & Ray Perryman Archives. Faculty and students also benefit from subscriptions to a number of full-text periodical and reference databases. Additional computers are located throughout the Montgomery Library for use when the Multimedia Computer Lab is scheduled by the library faculty for instruction in research and information literacy skills. Teachers collaborate with librarians and technology staff to create web-based library project pages where all instructions, resources and background material are electronically linked for student access at home or school.
The Montgomery Library also offers students a little piece of history in a 1941 portrait of legendary Texas artist Frank Reaugh. The painting was created by Chandor, who was one of the most accomplished portraitists of the 20th century. A culmination of Chandor's careers came in his post-World War II commission to paint the "Big Three" of Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and U.S.S.R.'s General Secretary Josef Stalin. The portrait of Reaugh has been featured in exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art in the 1970s, and more recently, at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary before being given to the school in 1968 by benefactor Lindsay Greene.
Greenhill School continues to showcase the Montgomery Library as one of the jewels of the campus. The Montgomery Library has played host to myriad of diverse events from Head of School receptions, weddings and lectures by noted authors Bernard Waber, Marc Brown, Steven Kellogg, Li-Young Lee, Naomi Nye, Shirley Glubock, Rudolfo Anaya and Greenhill's John Eisenberg '75.