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San Jose Campus, Swisher Library: Home & About the Library

The Bolles School San Jose Campus Swisher Library


About Us

Library Hours

  • Open: 8:00 am Monday - Friday 
  • Close: 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
  • Close: 3:15 pm Friday
  • Late night resident study and weekends supervised by resident life staff
  • Closed June & July


Testing Room Availability 

  • Open:  7:30 am Monday - Friday (Ulmer side entrance)
  • Close:  5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
  • Close:  3:15 pm Friday
  • Please note tests will not be administered if there is insufficient time remaining until closing. 
  • Students may also choose to arrange makeups directly with their teacher.  

Students needing to make up a test may arrange to have their test administered Monday - Thursday beginning at 7:30 am until 5:00 pm in the Swisher Library testing room.   On Friday, the testing room closes at 3:15 pm.  Please note tests will not be administered if there is insufficient time remaining until closing.  Students may also choose to arrange makeups directly with their teacher.  


Students with approved accommodations should arrange directly with Learning Support or their classroom teacher.     


Library Testing Room Guidelines:

  • All students are held accountable to the Bolles Honor Code 
  • Students may not bring back packs into the testing room; leave items outside the door on a hook.
  • Cell phones are prohibited and may be stored in the Cell Spot on the back of the testing room door. 
  • Students will not be permitted to access any materials during testing unless previously indicated in writing by the subject teachers. 
  • Students sign in with the proctor. 
  • If testing on a device, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure device is charged and, if necessary, provide their own head phones.
  • Students must turn in tests at or before the bell.  The proctor is unable to allow additional time. 
  • Students approved for accommodations should arrange make up tests directly with Learning Support
  • Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 finishing early MUST remain in the library until the bell.  Exceptions will be determined by the proctor and may include:
    1. Leaving the library early during lunch or activities
    2. Leaving the library early with a pass provided by a teacher
    3. 12th graders may leave the library after they have finished testing

IT Help Desk is available:

  • Zero Hour  M,T,TH,F:  8:00 - 8:30 am
  • Zero Hour Wednesday:  8:45 - 9:15 am
  • Activities M,T,TH,F: 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Email


How to print from anywhere on the SJ Campus: 

Expectations for our shared library and work spaces (code of conduct):

​Our school's library is a shared workspace; it is open to the entire campus for completing coursework, meeting study groups and tutors, relaxing and reading.  We often welcome visiting and touring families, alumni and guests of faculty.   The library also hosts a testing room, classroom, IT office and advising office.   Everyone enjoying the library is expected to respect the shared work spaces, offices and the people around them.   

Students wishing to enjoy a snack or socialize with friends should choose non-academic places on campus such as the Canteen, Cafeteria, Bent Center lounge, outdoor patio, or the River Campus.   Students who are disruptive or refuse to cooperate with expectations will be redirected outside or to the Dean's Office.

While in the library, all are expected to:  

  • Keep conversation private.
  • Be seated.  Students sitting on the floor will be asked to find a different location. 
  • Eat before arrival; this includes candy and snacks. 
  • Store water bottles inside backpacks.

General Policies:

  • All students sign in upon arrival, including students with library passes, in study hall, or with free periods.   This is for attendance as well as unexpected emergency situations.  
  • Students visiting during their academic class time must obtain permission from their teacher as well as a signed pass. 
  • Students may check out as many print materials as they like for up to 4 weeks at a time.    
    • Bring print materials to the information desk for check out, due dates, renewals and returns.
    • eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines are self-checked, and automatically return themselves after 2 weeks.  Online renewals are self-managed using the Sora app.  
  • Reminder notices will be sent to students that have not returned or renewed materials on time.
  • The library does not charge overdue fines, however, if a book is returned damaged (water damage, missing/torn pages or covers, highlighting, underlining or annotations) or not returned at all students may be charged for the replacement cost of the material.
  • Donations are happily accepted during the school year with the understanding that material not suitable for our collection will be donated to another library or literacy organization.  
  • Requests for collection enhancement may be submitted HERE


  • How do I print from my device / How do I mobile print?
    • Click HERE for step by steps directions to the SJ Mobile Print service
    • The Swisher Library printer requires a student ID badge for access  
  • I don't have my student ID badge.  Where on campus can I pick up my print job?
    • Learning Support services, located upstairs Bent Center over the Canteen, no student ID badge required
  • Where do I obtain a student ID or a replacement ID?
    • Campus Store in Bent Center
  • What are the library etiquette rules?
    • Conversations are private
    • Food not permitted, including candy  
    • Students are seated
    • Water bottles stored inside backpacks 
  • How do I suggest a book for the library? Click HERE
  • How do I reserve a study room?
    • Study rooms are first come, first served  
  • Do you accept donations?
    • Donations are happily accepted during the school year with the understanding that material not suitable for our collection will be donated to another library or literacy organization  
  • Who was Carl S. Swisher / Why is the Bolles upper school library named after him / When was he alive ? 
    • Read about him under About Us / Carl S Swisher
  • How long can I check out a book for?
    • Print books, 2 weeks. Renewals given at the info desk   
    • eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines 2 weeks with automatic return and self-renewals
  • Does the library charge late overdue fines?
    • We do not charge fines for overdue books.  We do charge full replacement fees for books that are not returned at all, returned damaged, or heavily annotated.  
  • How do I connect to the WiFi?
  • How do I reset my Bolles Schoology/365 password?
    • Ask at the Information Desk or visit IT Office
  • How do I reset My Backpack password?
  • How do I look up a book / find material in the library?
    • Access the library catalogs under the READ tab above
  • Can I borrow a device charger?
    • Surface chargers are available for purchase in the Campus Store in the Bent Center 
  • Can I borrow a Surface?
    • The library does not lend Surfaces
  • Can I bring snacks into the library?
    • No
  • Where is the Lost and Found?
    • Dean's Office 

Study Room A

  • Best for individual or silent work; this room shares a wall with the testing room and is best for students that will remain mostly silent
  • Seating for up to 3
  • Window to the courtyard, full natural light
  • Standard round table and chairs
  • White board
  • No eating, drinks kept inside backpacks
  • First come, first served

Study Room B

  • Best for study groups or small meetings
  • Seating for up to 4
  • White board
  • Standard rectangle table and chairs
  • This room is best for collaborative group work or for meeting space
  • No eating, drinks kept inside backpacks
  • Reserved for NHS tutoring M,T,W,F during Activities 

Study Room C

  • Best for tutoring sessions or small group meetings
  • Seating for up to 3
  • White board 
  • No eating, drinks kept inside backpacks
  • First come, first served

Who was our benefactor, Carl S. Swisher?

"Carl Swisher was born in Newark, Ohio on August 2, 1891 and lived there until he moved to Florida in 1924. After attending Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, he matriculated at Denison University.  He served as Partner and General Manager of the family business, a cigar factory. Newark was the home of more than a dozen cigar factories but the Swisher firm was the most important. Carl’s paternal grandfather had received it as payment of a debt in 1861 and peddling cigars and other goods from wagons. Business was good and Carl’s father and uncle bought the business in 1881 and named it Swisher Brothers. By 1909, Swisher Brothers was selling 300,000 cigars a day. John Swisher bought out his brother Harry and brought his son Carl into the business, renaming it John Swisher & Son in 1913. Carl moved the headquarters of John Swisher & Son to Jacksonville and mechanized cigar production. The Jacksonville plant was so successful that he closed the Ohio plants (which relied on hand labor) and consolidated them into the Florida plant. The Jacksonville operation was extremely successful. Its King Edward cigar became the best seller in the world. Later, Swisher Sweets grabbed a large part of the international cigar market. Carl’s family lived in a $60,000 home in 1930 on Old Mitchell Place near San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin.  Five years later, the family was living at 933 River Road in San Marco.

Carl Swisher spent some of his money helping others. He joined the Jacksonville University (then Jacksonville Junior College) Board of Trustees in 1943 and served until 1962, being chair of the board from 1947-1961. Through his charitable foundation, he built a library, gymnasium, Swisher Auditorium, and two other buildings on the campus including the Leah G. Swisher Science Building in 1958. He also gave money for the Swisher Library at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He gave his support to the Bolles School San Jose campus, donating a generous seed pledge for their own Swisher Library.  He also donated to the academic programs at Stetson University in Deland and St. Barnard College in Cullman, Alabama."

Above excerpt may be read in its entirety at

Mabry, D. (2021, January 12). Ponte Vedra Pioneers, 1934-40. Beaches Museum. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from


More about Carl Swisher and his legacy in Florida: