Academy Library Visitor Policy

The Class of 1945 Library is a private, high-school library with a mission to support the educational and residential needs of the community at Phillips Exeter Academy. Our building is extraordinary, and the interest in visiting is high. We are only able to welcome visitors under the parameters below.


The collections of the Archives and Special Collections are available by appointment. In order to make materials available, we need advance notification. Please submit a request form. Our catalog of regular collections is online. Requests for any of those materials should be made through your school or public library via interlibrary loan.

Prospective students and families:

Please connect with Admissions & Financial Aid for information and tours of campus.

All other visitors (including alumni):

Our building attracts visitors from around the globe and throughout the year. To protect the privacy and security of the children in our care, we host a variety of Visitor Days throughout the year, permitting registered visitors to enjoy self-guided tours. Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead, as visits are limited to these dates (see below). Registration is required.

During Your Visit:

  • Visitors have the status of guests and are required to sign the visitor log at the Service Desk.
  • Visitors may not have any contact with students or solicit them in any way at any time.
  • Taking photographs, video, or digital images that include any members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community is prohibited.
  • Alumni are “visitors” to the library unless they are registered on campus for Reunions or have scheduled an accompanied visit with Institutional Advancement.

Building access control is one important way we endeavor to ensure the safety and security of Academy members in the Library. We are unable to accommodate drop-in visitors. Library entry by unregistered individuals or groups is considered trespassing, even if a polite student held the door for you.


Visitor Days

If your travel cannot be adapted to these dates, your visit will be limited to the exterior of the building.


May 10*

June 3, 5-7, 10-14, 17-18, 20-21, and 28

July 1-3 

August 12-16, 19-23, 26-29

October 21**

November 25-26 

December 2


* Dates marked with an asterisk are Fridays when registered visitors are welcome from 6:30-8:30p.m. All other dates are 8a.m.-3:45p.m.

** Shortened hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Advanced Registration Required