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The Huffington Library offers the Madeira community the opportunity and resources needed to explore their own areas of interest, encouraging the development of a lifelong love of learning.

The library’s collection consists of over 26,000 items including movies, monographs, vertical file material, and circulating equipment. The library uses Follett’s Destiny program for its online catalog and automated circulation system. Access to the catalog is available 24 hours a day via the Web.

In addition to being one of Madeira’s most popular meeting places on campus, the library is also home to classrooms, conference rooms, and one of the school’s computer labs. There are 8 PCs for student access as well as a wireless network in the building that allows students with other devices to use the School’s network from tables and study carrels throughout the facility.

Library Hours

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, closed
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Holidays, school events and breaks may affect library hours. 

Meet the Librarians

If you have a question as you study or compile research for a paper, ask a librarian. They can teach you to be efficient at accessing, evaluating, using, and synthesizing information using library resources.


Rebecca Brooks

Director of Information and Innovation, Library

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Ms. Brooks began working at Madeira in 2004. In addition to her role as director of information and innovation, she serves as head librarian and archivist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Geography from Salisbury State University and master's degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Texas. Ms. Brooks is a junior advisor, lives on campus with her dog, Olive, and works in East Dorm.

Emily Dowd


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Emily Dowd joined Madeira in 2018. She received a bachelor’s in History and German studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. She is a former Fulbright Scholar who spent 3 years living and teaching in Munich and Mainz, Germany.