Orientation 2020: Welcome to the OWHL

Introduction to the OWHL

Welcome to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, known as the OWHL! This Guide will introduce you to your library and the multitude of resources available to you.

The OWHL librarians are here to help with all of your research needs throughout your time at Andover. Though we may not be able to meet with you in person right now, we are eager to connect and invite you to contact us with questions any time you need assistance. Whether you will be attending classes online or face-to-face, we will be here to support you along the way!


Accessing PA Resources Remotely

You may access any of the OWHL's subscription databases & E-Books while off campus (with a few exceptions). 

In order to do this, you must have the following:

  • Your BlueCard or student ID number
  • A Library PIN. Your 4-digit PIN number is the last FOUR numbers of your ID number

When you try to use a subscription database or an E-Book while off campus, you will see a screen that looks like this:


Your "Library Card Number or Username" is your BlueCard/ID number. The "Password or PIN" is that 4-digit PIN. 

You can simply chat us to reset your PIN at any time. 

Memorial Hall Library Access

PA Students also have access to Memorial Hall Library in Andover! Fill out this form:

Need a Memorial Hall library card? Fill out the form and include that you are a PA student and your class year in the address field as well as your PA address AND home address. Memorial Hall will then send you your card!

Boston Public Library Resources

Boston Public LibraryThe Boston Public Library, BPL, supports the research and reading pleasure of all Massachusetts residents. While a student at Phillips Academy you can register for an electronic library card from the BPL that will give you access to databases not subscribed to by PA. To register for an eCard from an international location, please contact an OWHL Librarian.

Chat with us!

A librarian is here to answer any of your research questions! Chat with us by filling out the form below and include your question. If we are closed you can still submit your question and we will respond the next time we are open. 

Sunday 12pm-8pm
Monday-Thursday 8am-9:45pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday CLOSED



Meet the Librarians

Ms. Tompkins

Research and Instructional Design Librarian

Ms. Wessner

Makerspace Coordinator and Library Experience Designer

Idea wrangler, laser-cutting and 3-D printing guru, creativity seeker.

Mr. Blake

Associate Director and Head of Instructional Services

Teacher, librarian, fly-fisher, swamp stomper, and all around science guy.

Mr. Curtis

Programming and Digital Content Producer

Books. Music. Film. Politics. Boston Celtics. Non sibi. 

Ms. Egan

Research and Instructional Design Librarian

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose." - Zora Neale Hurston

Mr. Barker

Director of Academy Research, Information, and Library Services

Got a head full of ideas and know you do too! Fan of anyone who is thoughtful.

Mr. Perry

Circulation Librarian and Evening Proctor

Wishes he had become an educator instead of a cost accountant, considers Garver Room to be sacred ground, tries to help even when clueless.

Ms. Goss

Children’s and Access Services Librarian

Ms. Houshman

Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Conducts education research for the Head of School Office and the Academy.

Ms. Spence


Instructional Librarian

Ms. Pei

Instructional Librarian and Digital Resources Administrator

“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” - Phil Jackson

Ms. Scenna


Circulation Librarian and Evening Proctor