The Boyden Library

The Boyden Library supports the intellectual growth, personal exploration, and creative opportunities offered Deerfield Academy students by providing comfortable spaces for individual or group study, and a rich collection of books, Ebooks, research databases, periodicals, audio books, DVDs, and CDs that meets the diverse curriculum and leisure needs of students and faculty.

Research databases include Academic Search Premier, ProQuest Historical Newspapers, JSTOR, ARTstor, the Oxford English Dictionary, and many subject specialty databases. Staff are available during all open hours to assist students with their research and to provide instruction on the use of library materials and electronic resources. Librarians provide reference service, working extensively with individual students, and formal library instruction in partnership with faculty. Library programs encourage each student to develop an inquisitive and creative mind through habits of independent inquiry.

The goal of the library instruction program is to provide students with library research skills necessary to attain their academic goals at Deerfield, prepare them for using college and university libraries after they leave Deerfield, and promote lifelong learning in a society where information is organized in increasingly complex ways.

The library is named in honor of Frank L. Boyden, headmaster of Deerfield Academy from 1902-1968, and his wife Helen Childs Boyden, a chemistry and math teacher. The library opened in 1968, the year that Mr. Boyden retired.

A Place to Learn and Grow


The Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is a place for art and design, engineering, fabrication, and education. It transforms the individual workshop into a communal space that encourages the sharing of ideas, information, and skills. It houses a wide range of tools, equipment, and materials, for both independent and collaborative projects.

The Innovation Lab fosters learning through experimentation. It creates a space for students to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s an environment for building and testing solutions, and then rebuilding. It’s a workshop designed to facilitate and make visible the problem solving process.

At the same time, it also encourages learning through instruction. Students have the opportunity to learn skills from faculty and other students.

The Innovation Lab aims to broaden student experience. The Lab provides an environment for hands-on work. It offers resources for teachers to explore new pedagogical approaches and an environment for students to explore interests and new ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions

To reserve a room in the library, please visit the Information Desk.
If you are not able to visit, you may e-mail or call 413-774-1510.

Reservable Library Spaces:

Lower Level

  • B04 Group study (4 person) with flat panel display
  • B05 Carrel (2 person)
  • B06 Group study (4 person) with flat panel display
  • B08 Ideation room (8 person) with screen backdrop for film-making
  • B09 Classroom (16 person) with Apple TV/projector/screen/AV sound/Crestron (control/blue ray/document camera)
  • B10 Innovation classroom (24 person) with 4 pods of 6/5 flat panel displays/Crestron control/document camera/blue ray/AV sound
  • B11 Innovation space (18+ person)

Main Level

  • 102 Main reading room (Reference room)
  • 104 Classroom (16+ person) Apple TV/projector screen/AV sound/Crestron (control/blue ray/document camera)
  • 105 Group study (8 person) Deerfield authors room
  • 106 Group study (8 person) Rare book room
  • 108 Group study (6 person) Projector/whiteboard

Second Level

  • 207 Group study (8 person) Projector/whiteboard
  • 208 Group study (8 person) Projector/whiteboard
  • 213 Group study (6 person)
  • 214 Carrel (2 person)
  • 215 Carrel (2 person)
  • 216 Carrel (2 person)
  • 217 Group study (5 person) Flat panel screen/video conference camera/microphone (Priority is given to video conferencing needs.)
  • 218 Carrel (2 person)
  • 219 Carrel (2 person)
  • 220 Carrel (2 person)

Additional information about the technology in some of these rooms: Deerfield Academy Classroom Technology

Current Deerfield students, faculty, and staff are welcome to borrow the following gadgets from the Library’ Information Desk:

  • Laptop and iPad chargers
  • Headphones
  • Graphing calculators and chargers
  • GoPro and digital video (SLR411) cameras
  • Lights for filming
  • Camera tripod
  • Selfie sticks
  • Mini projectors
  • Wireless speakers
  • External DVD drive
  • Regionless DVD/Blu-ray player
  • DVD/VHS player

Most materials may be renewed for an additional loan period in one of several ways:

Reserves, many interlibrary loans, and items with holds may not be renewed.

Students and others will be charged the cost of replacement for any item not returned after a bill has been issued and for damaged materials.

Reference, rare book collection, some interlibrary loan titles, and the most current issue of a periodical do not circulate and may be used only in the library.

Any library patron may place a hold on a currently-checked-out item. Information Desk staff are happy to place holds or users may place their own holds online (search the Library catalog for the title of interest, if it’s Not Available click the Place Hold button and follow the prompts). Users will receive an email notification once the item is ready for pick-up.

Contact The Boyden Library
Information Desk: 413-774-1510
Research Help: 413-774-1510
Fax: 413-774-1532

Mon-Sun, 7:30am-9:40pm

PO Box 277
Deerfield, MA 01342