1. The entry.
Please note the double entrance. The west (right) door has a book drop built
in to it so that borrowers may return materials even when the library is
closed. This door usually remains locked. Please use the east (left) door
to enter the library.
2. The circulation desk.
Library materials are loaned at this station. When the library is open,
all borrowed materials should be returned to the main Book Return slot located
between the circulation desk and the nearest bank of computers. Students
wishing to use a computer must first sign in the binder on the circulation
3. Computer stations.
The library has 20 computers on the school network that are available for student use. Students must sign in at the circulation desk before logging onto a computer.
4. Reference Desk.
Students who want assistance finding information can ask for help at the reference desk.
5. Vertical files.
The black filing cabinets contain manila folders on a wide variety of subjects. The folders contain pamphlets, maps, posters, magazine articles and newspaper articles. A duo-tang on top of the cabinets contains a thesaurus (an alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced list) of all the files. Each file is catalogued in the library catalogue as well.
5. Study carrells.
Students and staff attempt to keep this area as quiet as possible, so students can work here without distractions.
6. Reading Lounge.
The lounge is located conveniently near the periodical collection, and the
newspaper stand is situated in the lounge as well. This area is provided
as a comfortable place where students and staff can read quietly. It is
not intended as a place to visit.
The most recent issue of each magazine is displayed on the periodical shelving. Back issues are stored in the library office, and are available to students on request. Magazines are available for use withing the library, and should not leave the library.
The non-fiction collection follows the Dewey Decimal System, and contains a reference section (REF),
oversize book collection (LB), and French collection (FR) along with the regular non-fiction collection.
The fiction collection, located near the rear of the library, contains French fiction (FRF),
hardcover fiction (FIC), paperback fiction (PB), and anthologies of short stories in the Story Collection (SC).
9. Reference Collection.
The reference collection is located at the front of the library near the
circulation desk. It contains general and subject specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, almanacs,
indexes, bibliographies, etc.
The reference collection includes an atlas stand and a dictionary stand for oversize atlases and dictionaries.
Smaller atlases and dictionaries are shelved in the reference collection.
10. Upper Work Area.
This bright and spacious area is reserved for students who come to the library as a class, accompanied by
Ms. Spakowski (Library Technician)
Ms. Protsko (Library Technician)
While their job descriptions are flexible,
here is an idea of some of the duties of each staff member:
- Ms. Spakowski is largely responsible for circulation of materials,
ordering, receiving and processing new materials, and handling the audio-visual
equipment needs in the school.
- Ms. Protsko catalogues materials coming into the library, assists
with processing and reference, and maintains the library catalogues.
- Ms. Graas helps students find information, teaches students how
to use the resources in the library, teaches students new technology, and selects and catalogues materials.
Students should not hesitate to ask any staff member for assistance when conducting research in the library.
The three offices contain the computers and work spaces necessary for budgeting, selecting, ordering,
receiving and processing materials. Office space is also used to store audio-visual equipment,
back issues of periodicals, and the professional collection.