McBean Library


The library is a vital part of the academic program at Cate School. We strive to make certain that opportunities will be made available for students, faculty, and staff to become effective users of ideas and information and to acquire lifelong patterns of learning. We are dedicated to building a collection made up of accurate, up-to-date materials that represents a balanced point of view, to making the collection meet the requirements of all curricular areas, and to meeting the wide-ranging recreational needs of the school and boarding community.

Library Hours

The libraries are open daily 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and staffed Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mon-Thu 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturdays when school is in session 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The McBean Library

The McBean Library won ALA and AIA awards for its design when it was built in 1966. It is our main library, now housing 20,000 volumes of books and more than 100 periodicals in print. 9000 full-text magazines and newspapers are available online through ProQuest, one of the library's many online databases. iPods and Kindles circulate to students and members of the faculty and staff. All floors of the library offer wireless access and have been cabled to the Cate School Network; we also offer computers and iPads that provide access to  our electronic resources.  The McBean Library also houses the Cate Archives and the Hooker Gallery.

The Johnson Library

The Johnson Library, with its fireplace, oak paneling, and the 2000 volumes in its special collections provides a welcoming, quiet place to study and to read for pleasure.

Contact the Librarians

Molly Krill, MLIS, Director of Libraries
Kate Parker, MLIS, Librarian
Carla Garcia Mason, Assistant Librarian