The Rev. Thomas A. Lawless, OSFS, 1908 Library is the primary gathering space for learning, study, and academic activity at Salesianum School. As a traditional library, a contemporary media center, and a daily study hall and learning commons, our goal is to provide exceptional service to students, teachers, staff, and all others who enter the library doors.
In 2014, a $1.2 million renovation of the library completely gutted the 15,000 square foot space and reconfigured the layout. The new space is far more suitable for learning in the 21st century, with added seating, and two glass-enclosed seminar rooms that provide sound-proof areas for students to work on projects, rehearse presentations and meet for extra help after school. The main space now features a glass wall, custom casework and a casual reading area to create a library more reflective of those found on college campuses, as opposed to those found in primary or secondary schools.
Salesianum thinned its physical collection by half, bringing the total number of volumes to about 5,000. Through partnership with the Delaware Division of Libraries, students and faculty now have access to over 2 million items from all state libraries.