The mission of the W. Russell Fawcett Memorial Library is to foster an appreciation of, and an aptitude for, lifelong learning in students by collecting, organizing, and encouraging the use of a wide variety of print and electronic resources, in support of the curricula of The Webb Schools, and by teaching information literacy and research skills through curriculum-integrated instruction.
Beyond that, the library is a place where students, teachers, and the Webb community in general can “collect their thoughts.” After all, what is a library if not a collection of thoughts? While no one can dispute the expanse of the Internet, there is both immediacy and permanence to a physical library that can never be matched online. As importantly, a web browser can never replicate the joy of serendipity a reader feels when a book catches her eye from across the aisle or halfway down the shelf.
Webb is proud of its library, and proud that it remains a social and intellectual heart of the campus.