Mission & History
The Howard and Amy Rice Library, designed by John R. Myer of Ashley, Myer & Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and completed in January 1965, was built to hold 50,000 volumes. The December 1965 issue Architectural Forum stated: “Its barn-like form is at home among the converted farm buildings that form the core of the campus; inside it is designed strictly for reading (and “thinking,” which Marlboro regards as the only major subject in its curriculum).”
The Rice Library was filled beyond capacity within 20 years, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the dreams of a library addition were fulfilled when anonymous donors gave the College $12 million with $2 million specifically slated for the library.
The mission of the Rice-Aron Library is to support the learning, teaching, and research of the students, faculty, and staff of Marlboro College, and the larger community beyond campus. By acquiring, cataloging, and maintaining an evolving teaching collection, the Library advances the College’s self-directed curricular model. The Library supports the educational goals of Marlboro College by offering information literacy instruction and research assistance by professional librarians, providing a welcoming space for individual and collaborative study, and cooperating with other libraries, both within Vermont and around the world, in order to obtain necessary resources.