The mission of the M. Burch Tracy Ford Library at Miss Porter's School is to help students shape a changing world by teaching them to search for, find and explore information, ideas and their passions.
We are here to help Porter's students learn to become effective searchers for information and ethical users of what they find. We are also here to help them overcome information overload by suggesting search strategies that allow them to quickly find quality resources, rather than wading through many, many possibilities. We know how busy our teachers are and how precious their time is, and we work with them to craft a targeted lesson that provides support for their projects.
The Porter's librarians are available to assist students and faculty with locating the information they seek quickly and efficiently. The Information Desks on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Ford Library are staffed from 7:45 to 5:00 to be available to patrons needing assistance.
As a member of iCONN (part of the Connecticut Education Network), Porter's students and faculty are provided with online access to essential library and information resources including secured access to licensed databases. Via reQuest, the interlibrary loan service available to all iCONN members, we have access to the Statewide Library Catalog of Connecticut, which contains over 5 million titles from more than 400 academic, public, school and special libraries in the state. This reciprocal borrowing arrangement allows for us to both provide and obtain resources not held at the local level.
The digital archive of Miss Porter's School includes four collections of items dating mostly from the 1840s to 1930s. The collections were created in 2018 and include text and photographic works from the school's physical collection. Collections include The Sarah Porter Collection, The Rules and Daily School LifeCollection, Sarah Abroad: 1872 Letters from Europe, Letters from Notable People.