The Conklin Library is centrally located on campus, adjacent to Mead Dining Hall. A branch of the Conklin Library, the Research Center, is located in the Estes Family Middle School Building.
The Conklin Library provides a place for students, their families and alumni to conduct research, study and read recreationally. Proctored study halls are held in the library daily, allowing students easy access to both print and computer resources while they complete their schoolwork. Periodically teachers bring their classes into the library during the school day to conduct research for projects, term papers and senior theses.
The book collection numbers approximately 28,000 volumes, while there are about 3,500 books in the Research Center. Between the Conklin Library and the Research Center, KO has ample resources to fulfill the curricular needs of the students and faculty. The Conklin Library subscribes to 60 journals and periodicals and three daily newspapers (The Hartford Courant, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.)
Computers for student use are located in both the Conklin Library and the Research Center. In addition, there are network hubs and wireless connections for laptop access.
The library subscribes to a variety of online research databases, allowing all students easy access to millions of full-text documents on virtually every subject. Unlimited remote access to these databases also is offered, so students, their families and alumni may conduct research from home, using the library’s passwords.
Displayed prominently in the center of the Conklin Library are three cases housing books written by Kingswood Oxford graduates. We have more than 50 published alumni authors who have written in excess of 200 books. Our KO authors include Katharine Hepburn, Brendan Gill, Dominick Dunne, Colin McEnroe and our youngest author, Joseph Schneiderman ’04.
Rare Book Archive
The Rare Book Archive Room houses hundreds of books from the 1800s, some first editions. In addition, several special collections are housed here. Among our prized possessions is a first edition of Noah Webster’s Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1806. We also possess the slender volume written by Webster in 1807, in which he describes the problems and errors in earlier dictionaries compiled by Samuel Johnson. All students are allowed to carefully use these books for research projects and papers, as many of the books provide an excellent historical perspective and primary-source materials.