The Schafer Family Library

The Schafer Family Library is a true resource center, serving the school community’s curricular, research, and recreational needs. Housed in Miller Bicentennial Hall, the library features a scenic reading room and a collection of 14,000 volumes in print, as well as thousands of items in other formats, including videos and sound recordings. Many resources are accessible through a dozen scholarly databases available on and off campus to KUA students and faculty. In addition, the library has computers, printers, and a copier for use by students and faculty.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, strict social distancing, hand hygiene, and sanitizing measures will be enforced throughout the library. Users of the library are expected to observe the room capacities and distance guidelines posted, and to use their good common sense.

Readers' Advisory

The librarians are committed to encouraging reading for pleasure. The Need a Good Book? channel at right points to fiction and non-fiction that will appeal to readers of varied ages and with different interests.
In a hurry and need to find a book here at KUA? Here is a tip for searching the KUA Library Catalog for fiction we own:
  • Use the Power Search to combine words (romance and high school, for example)
  • Click on the title of a book that sounds interesting
  • Click on the relevant subject headings that come up (Interpersonal relations--Fiction)


Donations have enriched the library's collection over the years, adding new titles and replacing lost or damaged books. We welcome the opportunity to discuss books you are considering donating in order to help find a suitable home for them, whether here or elsewhere. Please contact the Library Director, Marianna McKim (603-469-2022) concerning donations of books and other educational materials.

To donate items or documents related to the history of Kimball Union, please contact the Archivist, Anna Olson, (603-469-2066). If you are interested in supporting Kimball Union's collections, programs and facilities with a monetary gift, visit the Advancement office web page (603-469-2127).

Kimball Union reserves the right to dispose of unneeded gift materials by selling, trading or recycling them.

Helpful Hints

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  • Library Reference and Instruction

    The librarians are available on school days to assist with the use of materials located in the library, as well as with online resources. KUA students, faculty, and staff may email questions about research or the library's resources anytime to
  • Inter-Library Loan

    Kimball Union's library is a member of New Hampshire's statewide Inter-Library Loan system. This allows us to borrow books not held in our library from other libraries. In addition, KUA maintains a separate Inter-Library Loan agreement with Dartmouth College. Email to place a request. 
  • Downloadable Audio Books

    New Hampshire Downloadable Audiobooks 
    Hundreds of popular books are available to download and listen to on your computer, smartphone, or MP3 player. Sign up for a free account in the library. This service is available through a partnership among the Meriden, Plainfield, and KUA libraries.

Library Resources

KUA Library Catalog
All materials housed in the Schafer Family Library, including books, DVDs, and magazines for browsing.
Our digital library is available to the KUA community anytime. Please follow the link above to our Resources page for our rich collection of online books, articles, and more! Contact the librarians for login assistance. 

Library Hours

Fall 2020

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am to 10:00 pm (9:30 pm on Tuesdays)
8:00 am to 9:30 pm 

Saturday (with classes)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Changes to the regular schedule will be emailed to students and faculty and posted in the Daily Bulletin. 

Loan Periods
Books: 3 weeks
Audiobooks: 2 weeks
DVDs: overnight

Need a Good Book?

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Meet the Librarians

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  • Photo of Marianna McKim

    Marianna McKim 

    Library Director
  • Photo of Christine Clisura

    Christine Clisura 

  • Photo of Christopher  Hamilton

    Christopher  Hamilton 

    Library Aide
  • Photo of Alexandra Hess

    Alexandra Hess 

    Library Aide
  • Photo of Anna Olson

    Anna Olson 

    Archivist and Library Aide


Kimball Union Academy

603-469-2000  · 603-469-2040 (fax)  ·
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the country's oldest private boarding high schools. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse and global group of day and boarding students. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire, in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.