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, e-books, and streaming media.

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 or study hall monitor
  • 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 2016–17 school year unless otherwise noted)

  • Individual visits to the library: 51,024
  • Classes visiting the library: 682
  • Library instruction sessions taught: 146
  • Items borrowed: 7,122
  • Hours open per week: 79
  • Print books: 35,000+
  • E-books: 140,000+
  • Print periodical subscriptions: 75
  • Database subscriptions: 100+
  • DVDs: 2250
  • Streaming video titles: 17,000

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 summer school hours, please call 413-498-3290.

Phone: 413-498-3484

Gretel Schatz

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

Becca Malloy

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

Mary Hefner

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

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"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!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles