The library is a place that collects and houses physical books, periodicals, and media—and a portal to extensive online holdings, including research databases, periodicals, and e-books.

The library is a place for quiet, private study and reflection—and a bustling hub for creating knowledge using old and new technologies.

Librarians work with faculty to help students learn to locate, evaluate, and cite scholarly information in all formats. Librarians also build a well-rounded collection (with extensive input from the community) to support recreational reading and personal exploration.

The Archives, housed in the library, bring together a living collection of materials relating to the history of NMH since its beginning in 1879. Frequent users of the archives include NMH classes, alumni and their families, NMH offices, and outside researchers.

At any given time, students in the library might be:

  • Researching a 19th century German painter, the Trail of Tears, or alternative energy sources
  • Working with a librarian on citations and bibliographies
  • Getting help creating a multimedia presentation or using Google Apps
  • Thumbing through issues of the school newspaper from 1917
  • Borrowing a phone or computer charger
  • Enjoying a snack or a quick game of chess
  • Browsing the latest issues of magazines while waiting for a study group
  • Working as a circulation assistant, study hall monitor, or media support aide
  • Finding a quiet moment to recharge and re-center

Our Mission

The mission of Schauffler Library is to support and stimulate the educational environment of the school and inspire the community. The library's staff, facilities, technology, and collections promote the personal and intellectual growth of each community member and NMH's mission of education for the head, heart, and hand.

Schauffler by the Numbers (numbers for 2018-19 school year)

  • Individual visits to the library: 50,324
  • Classes visiting the library: 674
  • Library instruction sessions taught: 162
  • Items borrowed: 6,400
  • Hours open per week: 80
  • Print books: 33,000+
  • E-books: 140,000+
  • Print periodical subscriptions: 60
  • Database subscriptions: 100+
  • DVDs: 2200

Hours (academic year)

Monday to Thursday: 7:45 am – 10 pm
Friday: 7:45 am – 5 pm
Saturday: noon- 5 pm
Sunday: noon – 9:30 pm

For NMH Summer Session hours, please call 413-498-3290.

Phone: 413-498-3484

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Nhu Hoang

My philosophy is: Fail early, so you can eventually succeed.

Tabatha Collins

Struggling in a class doesn't mean that you are not good at it.

Camryn Crocker

I ask myself, “What would I want if I were a student here?”

Gretel Schatz, Director of the Dance program, instructs a dance student.

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Hugh Silbaugh

"I’m a teacher and a dean. Teaching always comes first."

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.


“The best thing about NMH is the connections you make.” 


“NMH challenges students to innovate and persevere while keeping in mind the effects of our actions on the community."


“This community gives me the resources to grow as a student and discover passions I never knew I had.” 


“I am confident in myself and my abilities to succeed, thanks to NMH.”


"I love the freedom I have to explore what I am passionate about."


"NMH gives us space to experiment and gradually to grow into ourselves."


"I noticed how welcoming everyone was when I first came to campus.”


“The first step to excelling at NMH is embracing your own individuality.” 


“I appreciate the bond faculty and students have at NMH.”


"The community at NMH is unlike any I’ve ever known, and for that I am grateful.”


"NMH allows me to be myself in the classroom and ensures I am an articulate, curious, and courageous student.”


“I was initially surprised by how relaxed, yet academic, the environment is."


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”