Academics

Montgomery Library

In partnership with teachers, the Montgomery Library Program provides equitable access to all forms of information and empowers students to be enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, skillful researchers, ethical users of information, and producers of ideas in a global society.
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 five 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.
 

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday Closed

Preschool & Lower School

The Lower School Library welcomes students from prekindergarten to Grade 4. The students visit the library as a class to check out books, conduct research, practice information literacy skills, and read independently in our inviting and cozy learning commons. Students learn from a young age of the wonders of reading.
 
The library is home to a wide range of media, from traditional picture books and junior fiction, to graphic novels and e-books. The collection is chosen to match the growing interests and skills of our Lower School students. Our goal in the Lower School library is to provide a foundation for our students to love literature and learning. Librarians put together inventive activities to teach students how to search the online catalog with ease and treat the materials with respect. The time in the library not only cultivates a love for reading, but a wonderful opportunity for learning to follow directions, navigate information, and an awareness of the vast knowledge that is made available by all libraries.
 

Middle School

The students continue to build on the skills and interests that were developed in the Lower School Library Program. Students visit the library during English class where they self-select materials for pleasure reading and for academic interests as they enjoy free reading time.
 
In order for students to become effective users of information, librarians and teachers collaborate to create teaching units which embed information literacy skills with subject area content. This equips the students to access, interpret, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply information from a range of print and nonprint sources and to create a variety of projects that reflect their learning. Additionally, librarians provide book talks and readers’ advisory to support independent reading.
 

Upper School

Students come to the library for instruction on finding and using various resources for their research paper as well as for other projects. The students learn to create resource lists, research in subject databases, and use relevant and authoritative websites.
 
The goal of the Upper School program is to assist students in becoming independent and effective researchers, who can access, interpret, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply information in college and their everyday life. In addition, students continue to develop and practice their information literacy skills.
 

Core Concepts of the Montgomery Library:

  • Innovation: We are always learning in order to better meet the needs of our students and teachers. We strive to create and maintain a welcoming atmosphere, user-friendly space, diverse collection, and informed staff.
  • Instruction: We teach students how to select, search, locate, use, evaluate, and interpret various resources for their research needs.
  • Collaboration: We partner with teachers as collaboration is fundamental to teaching students information literacy skills, critical thinking, and ethical use of resources.
  • Freedom: We advocate freedom of choice.
  • Reading: We promote and encourage students to read, view, and listen for understanding and enjoyment in an environment that supports a passion for reading for pleasure and lifelong learning.
  • Teamwork: We combine our unique skills to form a cohesive unit.
  • Critical Thinking/Inquiry: We challenge students to go beyond facts and figures and ask essential questions about why or how something is significant. Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical Use: We guide students to legally, effectively, and efficiently use the technology tools and other resources available to them to conduct research and create product.
  • Technology: We provide students with various technology tools appropriate for their intellectual development and needs.
 
 

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