Library Mission & Policies

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.

Collection development
Link to collection policy: Boyden Library Collection Development Policy

Borrowing and lending
Students; staff; faculty; alumni; faculty of Bement, Eaglebrook, and Stoneleigh-Burnham schools; approved Deerfield tutors; former Deerfield employees; residents of the town of Deerfield; parents of a current student; and employee relatives may borrow library materials. Users are asked to present their Deerfield or other ID cards to check out materials.

Format Students & Other Patrons Faculty
Books        1 month 3 months
Audio books        1 month 1 month
CDs        1 month 1 month
DVDs/videos        1 week 1 week
Reserves        3 hours/1 day/3 days 3 hours/1 day/3 days
(except the
current issue)
       1 week 1 week
test books and
college guides
       1 week 1 week

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.

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.

Lost and damaged library materials
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.

Non-circulating 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.