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Student Life

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is the extension of the classroom for research and study. Working with teachers and administrators is an ongoing process. The Learning Commons Specialist is anxious to make access to resources and assistance as easy as possible for all members of the Providence High School community.

It commits itself to support the educational program and philosophy of the school by providing learning resources to implement, enrich and support the curriculum of the school. It endeavors to provide learning resources in various formats to further the academic abilities of students from varied religious, social and economic backgrounds. The resource collection of the Learnin Commons attempts to be all-embracing, covering a wide variety of subjects within the parameters of Christian principles as expressed in the Catholic tradition.
 
It is more than a library, the Learning Commons provides resources that support and enhance the curriculum of the school in all disciplines. The Learning Commons provides, together with teachers, instruction to students on the most effective ways to access, evaluate and use print and online information sources.

Services & Equipment Available

Computers:
20 computer stations

Photocopier:
Students may ask library staff to make black & white or color photocopies.
 
Scanner:
Students may scan documents or images into their files. The Librarian will instruct users initially, and then it is self-service.

Printers:
2 Black & White ($.05/page)
1 Color ($.10/page)
 
Students pay a $20.00 printing fee at the beginning of the year in order to be able to use the library printers. As the students print, the usage charge will be deducted from the $20.00 credit in their account. Students may add more money to their account, if necessary.

Resources & Collections

Library Collection
The Providence High School Library holds approximately 10,000 books, 40 periodical titles, and has access to hundreds of other periodicals including professional journals through online databases. Textbooks and yearbooks are on reserve behind the Circulation Desk.

Databases
Providence High School Library subscribes to thirteen databases which include full-text newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedias, statistical information, essays, images and much more. The databases can be accessed from any school networked computer as well as from home. Use from home requires a username and password which can be obtained from the library page on the school’s intranet.

Rules & Policies

  • Books, videos and back issues of magazine are checked out for one semester.
  • The current issue of a magazine may not be checked out.
  • If a student wants an item that is checked out, they may place it on hold.
    • Students will be notified when the item(s) becomes available.
  • Students may use the library before, during and after school.
  • The library is available for individual study, quiet small group study or socializing, work with classes and teachers or to meet with tutors.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library with the exception of bottled water.
  • The computers are for school-related work and research only.
    • Game playing is not allowed.
    • Students must always meet the standards of the Acceptable Use Policy.

Library Hours of Operation

M, T, Th, F: 7:15am – 4:30pm
W: 7:15am - 2:50pm (closed after school)