Walk into Dietel Library and you will find an active and thriving space where learning and engagement is visible. Our first floor is set up for collaboration with a variety of seating options. It is not unusual to see classes working in groups at our tables, students studying together at our whiteboards, or cozying up with a good book next to our fireplace. Our newly renovated second floor houses our extensive print collection and offers a quieter study environment. In the basement you will find both our makerspace as well as our archives. You can read more about these unique and distinct spaces below. 

In addition to our physical space, Dietel library provides access to a wide range of digital resources. Including many databases, ebook collections, and streaming options.

Caroline Buinicky, Emma’s Director of Library Resources and Research is champion for reading and digital citizenship. Not only is she always ready with a book suggestion from our diverse collection but she also partners with teachers to scaffold research and digital literacy lessons throughout our curriculum.

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  • Photo of Caroline Buinicky

    Caroline Buinicky 

    Director of Library Resources and Research
  • Photo of Stephanie Ross

    Stephanie Ross 

    Assistant Director of Research and Archives

Housed in the Library

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  • Emma Willard School Archive

    The Emma Willard School Archive contains a wealth of historical documents that provide the written and visual proof of the school’s rich history. Researchers visit from all over the United States to access our collections. The larger and more widely used records housed in the school archive are the 19th and 20th century student letters collection, documents and artifacts related to the Troy Female Seminary, and The Emma Hart Willard collection.

    The Archive collects materials relating to Emma Willard School (formerly Troy Female Seminary), including archival records from the school and private records of faculty, staff, and students. Holdings include manuscripts, textbooks, and publications of Madame Emma Hart Willard dating from 1817. The collection also includes a large number of photographs, videotapes, audio recordings, and ephemera from the school. Also included are school records and catalogs; student records, letters, diaries, and notebooks; curriculum materials, and records from administrative offices, all dating from 1814 to the present.

    The Archive is pleased to accept donations of items relating to the establishment, development, growth, and activities of Emma Willard School. Please contact Archivist Stephanie Ross when contemplating such a donation.

    Requests for information may be directed to Stephanie Ross. The Archive is open for research to outside researchers by appointment.
  • Maker Space

    From 3D printers to googly eyes, the MakerSpace has tools, equipment, and materials to foster creativity and innovation. Emma students complete projects in many of their classes and come to the MakerSpace to implement them. Outside of class, you might find someone building a prop for a play, fabricating a part for their Signature project, prototyping an invention for the Entrepreneurship Club, repairing a robotic vehicle, creating holiday decorations, or sewing a garment. If you can dream it up, the MakerSpace is there to help you realize your vision.

What are we reading at Emma?

The top checked out books for the 2021-2022 year are:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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