Olson Library

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Olson Library is to assist
members of the learning community in becoming
effective users of ideas, information and technology
and to foster a love of reading.


In 1998, the Olson Library was first made possible by Stratford parents, Beverly and Edmund Olson, who pledged a million dollar leadership gift. Other donors followed their lead and generously pledged so Stratford could continue the tradition of excellence by providing a state-of-the-art facility that creates a superior learning environment and provides the best in educational experience for Stratford students. Multiple study areas allow for both group project and individual study.

A 17,500 square foot facility, the Olson Library houses the library collections for Beginners through grade 12 . The Robert Adger Bowen Wing is the site for the middle and upper school collection, as well as a state-of -the- art video production studio. The Ann Martin Bowen Wing of the Olson Library is the site designated for preschool and lower school literature, special events and learning.



The mission of the Olson Library is to assist members of the learning community in becoming
effective users of ideas, information and technology and to foster a love of reading. The library also offers support and enrichment to the educational program at Stratford Academy. To this end, every effort is made to purchase, organize and maintain library resources and services to facilitate their use by faculty, students and parents. The Olson Library contains more than 36,500 print and electronic books, videos and DVDs. In addition, the library subscribes to numerous periodicals and electronic databases.

There are 25 computers available for student use and four look-up stations. There are two printers and two photocopy machine as well as a digital camera and 10 flip camcorders.

Destiny, the online library catalog, is online and may be accessed on and off campus.

Electronic resources ( previously available on the Olson Library page ) are available to students, parents and faculty, and may be accessed by clicking the ELECTRONIC ACADEMIC RESOURCES   button on the password protected portal pages.

Library instruction occurs during regular library time for preschool and lower school students and in conjunction with class assignments for middle and high school. Students are taught with their classes by the librarian/media specialist or assisted one-on-one by all members of the library staff.

Library Services


Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
The mission of the Olson Library is to assist members of the learning community in becoming effective users of ideas, information and technology and to foster a love of reading.

Circulation of Materials
All Stratford students, families, faculty and staff may borrow books from the Olson Library.

Online Databases
The Olson Library subscribes to a number of web-based databases and resources for research purposes.They are available on campus as well as off campus. To access all electronic resources, please visit school’s web page under Electronic Academic Resource Links. Off campus passwords are listed here.

Loan Periods
The general loan period for books is one week for PK-grade 5 and two weeks for all others. Videos, Reference Books and periodicals may be checked out on an overnight basis by Middle and Upper School students. Faculty may check out materials indefinitely during the school year but should return them if another patron is asking for them.

Number of Books
Lower School students may check out a number of books equal to their grade plus one. There is no limit for Middle and Upper School students, faculty or staff.

Renewing Library Materials
Most books may be renewed for two additional loan periods unless there is a hold on a book. The actual material is not required for renewal.

There are no fines for overdue materials. Fines are assessed for lost or damaged books. They equal the cost of replacing the book plus a $5.00 processing fee.

Photocopying and Printing
A copy machine for student use is available near the circulation desk. There are two printers networked to the library computers. There is no charge for printing or photocopying.

Video Production Room
The upper school sunroom is now being used as a video production space. Any student, teacher or staff member may use these facilities. Please see library staff for access.

Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the library because of the potential for damage to books, computers, library furniture and other library materials.

Cell Phones
All cell phones should be silenced while in the library.

The Olson Library is a place for quiet study, research and reading. Be respectful by speaking softly and behaving appropriately. Playing computer games and downloading from websites is not permitted. Misuse of library materials, defacing library property, and disruptive behavior will result in the loss of library privileges and disciplinary action.

Computer Usage
Students using computers in the library are expected to adhere to the Technology Code of Conduct outlined in the Student Parent Handbook:

Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of Stratford Academy. The use of the internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. The technology administrators will deem what is inappropriate use, and their decision will be final. Also, the system administrators may deny internet access to anyone believed to be in violation of the technology code of conduct at any time. The administration, faculty, and staff of Stratford may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend internet privileges. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. All non-educational games are off-limits on the school's computers and network.

Failure to abide by this rule will result in the loss of computer privileges.


Copyright Information

Can I use this?

What is Plagiarism?

Lower/Middle school
  • Copyright Kids! supplies information about copyright aimed at elementary or middle school students.
  • Copyright with Cyberbee is a simple interactive question and answer lesson on copyright for elementary or middle school students.
  • Copyright for Students provides simple guidelines for students working on projects.
Upper School
  • What do you think about intellectual property? Copyright and Intellectual Property page; interesting video about music and intellectual property rights for high school and college students.
  • This Permission Template for harvested internet sites provides an easy way to request and document permission to use information from Web sites.
Teachers & Librarians
The Olson Library Staff:

Elaine Murray
Head Librarian & Media Specialist elaine.murray@stratford.org
478-477-8073 ext. 221

Kathy Clay
Circulation Librarian
478-477-8073 ext. 278

Beth Davis
Lower School Librarian
478-477-8073 ext. 237

Susan Marshall
Circulation Librarian

478-477-8073 ext. 278

Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.