Upper School Program
The mission of the library at Crossroads is to support academic achievement, life-long learning, and foster an appreciation for library culture in our students. At Crossroads, the library is a learning center, combining all the traditional educational elements of school libraries, with a warm student-centered environment.  Each campus has its own library.

Upper School Library Services

For students on the 21st Street campus, the library is more than just a building that houses books. It is also a hub of student activity and social interaction. Whether it’s for group or independent study sessions, academic research, recreational reading, meetings with classes, taking make-up tests, using one of our special collections, working on a computer, or just being with friends, the library staff is committed to creating a warm, student-centered environment. 

The Paul Cummins Library was designed by architect Stephen Ehrlich and was completed in 1996. It won the 1997 Award of Excellence for Library Architecture from the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

The Library staff also supports the faculty in teaching students to think critically and work independently by giving students a comprehensive library skills program. This program focuses on developing research skills; searching educational databases, web searching, citation writing, note taking, bibliography writing, and integrating print and on-line resources into research projects. Librarians also conduct regular classes with students in addition to working with students on an individual basis. 

In addition to the general collection, the Paul Cummins Library has:
  • The Herbert Zipper Archive, a rich, historical holding of books, music manuscripts, recordings, photographs and letters of Dr. Zipper, holocaust survivor, composer and arts educator, that were donated to Crossroads after Dr. Zipper’s death.

The Library also belongs to the Independent School Library Exchange (ISLE), which allows us to borrow print resources and magazine articles from a consortium of other independent school libraries in the area.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.