about the library

The library at Bishop Ireton High School is based on the educational concepts of St. Francis de Sales.   The school endeavors to assist students to appreciate their gifts and talents and to develop their academic potential.  We strive to create an environment where students will come to understand the St. Francis de Sales quote, “Knowledge is the 8th sacrament”, all within the framework of learning in the digital age.

The purpose of the libraryis to provide learning opportunities, instruction, and instructional materials appropriate to the Bishop Ireton community’s needs.  The library provides its own information literacy curriculum, supports the school curriculum, enhances classroom activities, encourages and provides opportunities for recreational reading, instructs and models appropriate use of technology, and creates an environment that promotes responsible citizenship.  The library staff has as its goal the development of lifelong users and producers of ideas and information.


library profile

  • Over 30,000 books, e-books, DVDs & Videos
  • 4 newspaper subscriptions
  • 20 magazine subscriptions
  • 35 database subscriptions
  • 1 photocopier for student use
  • 30 computers (10 desktops & 20 laptops) for student/faculty use
  • 60 iPads for classroom use
  • 120 Chromebooks for classroom/faculty use
  • 1 set of SmartResponse clickers for classroom use
  • The library provides classroom equipment including: TVs, DVDs, boom boxes, i-pods, digital recorders, and more

services provided

The library provides 24/7 on-line access to the library catalog, databases, and on-line software programs including Turnitin, Noodletools, and Libguides.  All computers are networked to the school network.
All circulating media is catalogued using the Dewey Decimal System and may be located in Destiny, the online library catalog.  All A/V equipment is catalogued for ease of use and to maintain a record for the purpose of inventory.  The library conducts a comprehensive inventory every 2 years.
The Bishop Ireton library is open daily at 7:55am and closes at 3:30pm.  The library is closed during advisory and during B lunch.  The library provides a full range of services for students, faculty and staff.  Teachers may reserve the library for their classes to receive library instruction or research assistance.  The library is a destination for students needing research time and assistance during their study hall.  There are two tables reserved for teachers' use in the back of the library.

meet the library staff

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library hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Closed During Advisory

library policies

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  • Circulation Policy

    Students use their school-issued ID to check out library materials.  The loan period is two weeks. Students may renew books as long as another student has not placed a hold on the item.  Students may renew and place a hold on library materials by accessing their library catalog account.  Videotapes and DVDs may also be checked out for two weeks.  They may not be renewed.  Reference books do not circulate. 
    Students who do not return or renew materials will receive an overdue notice via their advisory and student email accounts.  Students who do not return books after 4 weeks will be issued a detention.  If the book is returned promptly, the detention will be voided.  No fines are charged for overdue books.  There is a charge for a lost book.
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  • Collection Development Policy

    The primary purpose of the library collection is to provide support for classes taught at Bishop Ireton and to provide learning opportunities for making the library an integral part of the curriculum.  Materials are also purchased for recreational reading.  The responsibility for selecting print and non-print materials lies with the librarians.  Faculty, staff, and student input is solicited.  Recommendations by faculty are most often honored.
    Review sources offer evaluations based on appropriateness, interest and reading level, quality, reputation of author and publisher and cost.  Frequently used review sources are: Amazon Reviews, Book Report, Catholic Library World, Follett, Media & Methods, New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal, Teacher/Librarian, Washington Post Books World, Reviews for scholarly journals available through the library subscription databases.

    All websites selected by the library for student research and linked on the library web page are carefully considered as to the suitability and usefulness to the curriculum. Student research sources for web site collection development and evaluation include: AASL (American Association of School Libraries), Classroom Connect, The Internet Public Library, Librarians’ Index to the Internet & School Library Journal.
    All apps selected by the library for student use on the iPads are carefully considered as to suitability and usefulness to the curriculum.  A wide variety of resources are used to select apps some of those resources include: AASL, ISTE resources and School Library Journal.
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  • General Library Policies and Procedures

    •  The library is closed during advisory and for lunch period 4B.
    • Students may sign out from study hall to visit the library, and teachers may reserve the library/media center for their classes.
    • All book bags should be left in the hall while students are in the library.
    • Food, drinks, and gum are not permitted in the library.
    • Computers should be used for research or to complete assignments.
    • Students should maintain a quiet and respectful atmosphere at all times.
    • Students may borrow books and videos for a period of two weeks, with the option to renew if needed.
    • Students may place books on hold. When a hold comes in, the student will be notified by email.
    • Any student who receives four overdue notices will be issued a detention. Students will be responsible for the replacement cost of any lost library materials.
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  • Gift Policy

    The Bishop Ireton library welcomes the donation of books, videotapes, DVDs and equipment.  Materials that meet the selection policy for new materials will be placed in the collection.  All gifts are acknowledged through the Development Office.
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