Boyden Library


To advance Deerfield’s commitments to high standards of scholarship and a rigorous curriculum, the Library is a welcoming and service-oriented environment. It provides the community with resources and services to find and use information effectively, fosters student research skill development, and offers spaces for study and collaboration.

Library staff protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.


Research Skills

  1. Formulate a topic/question/thesis independently.
  2. Support the topic/question/thesis using credible sources.
  3. Evaluate sources and understand when and how to cite them using an established format.
  4. Implement the research process with instructor guidance.
  5. Execute the research process independently and demonstrate ease in knowing when and how to cite sources.
  6. Seek out and incorporate varied, credible resources from multiple disciplines and perspectives.

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The Boyden Library supports the intellectual growth, personal exploration, and creative opportunities offered to Deerfield Academy students.

The library provides research help and instruction, comfortable spaces for individual or group study, and a rich collection of books, e-books, research databases, periodicals, DVDs, and other materials that meet the diverse curriculum and leisure needs of students and faculty.

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, and was completely renovated in 2015.


Library staff protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.


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
Library Fax: 413-774-1532

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

PO Box 277
Deerfield, MA 01342