School Library


  • News
  • Mission Statement
  • General Information
  • Procedures/Policies

What's New

Library Mission

The St. Francis Preparatory School library seeks to implement, enrich and support the educational program and mission of SFP through access to resources and collaboration with faculty to integrate research and writing skills into the curriculum. Equally important is our commitment to encouraging reading as a pleasurable, recreational activity by providing a large selection of age appropriate, engaging fiction and non-fiction to appeal to our diverse student body. We take seriously our charge of creating life-long readers, researchers, and learners. 

To see our full policies and procedures, please click here.


The library is open Monday thru Thursday 7:30 AM to 4 PM and Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

What's New

National Geographic Archive

We now have access to National Geographic Online! Please see Ms. Wolpert in the library for sign in information, or email Ms. Wolpert from your school email account:

 ( ewolpert@sfponline.org ).

eBooks

Click on the image above to learn everything you need to know about eBooks @ SFP Library. 

Questions? See Ms. Wolpert in the library or send her an email (ewolpert@sfponline.org ).

 

Try NoodleTools, our bibliography manager!  NoodleTools walks you through the process of doing citations, creates your Works Cited page, and helps you write outlines and notecards.  


Library Staff
 
 
Ms. Elizabeth Wolpert
Chairperson & Librarian
Ms. May
iPad Program Director
Ms. Vulin
Staff
Ms. Diana
Staff
Ms. Medici
Staff


Library Mission Statement

Library Mission Statement The St. Francis Preparatory School library seeks to implement, enrich and support the educational program and mission of SFP through access to resources and collaboration with faculty to integrate research and writing skills into the curriculum. Equally important is our commitment to encouraging reading as a pleasurable, recreational activity by providing a large selection of age appropriate, engaging fiction and non-fiction to appeal to our diverse student body. We take seriously our charge of creating life-long readers, researchers, and learners.

General Information

The library is open between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, unless otherwise noted. On Fridays, the library will close at 3:30 p.m, unless otherwise noted.

Please be considerate of your fellow library patrons at all times. Please especially respect the need for a quiet, studious atmosphere.

At present, the library’s collection includes over 25,000 volumes, including reference books as well as books for circulation. The extensive reference collection is located on the balcony of the library.

The library’s ebook collection is growing steadily and currently includes more than 500 volumes for students to check out. Students also have access to more that 10 research databases, which provide scholarly resources remotely - so students can access them 24/7 from school or from home. We take great pride in the depth and breadth of our digital offerings, which allow students the most up-to-date, cutting edge resources at their fingertips.

The librarians collaborate with classroom teachers throughout the year to help deliver the best instruction in research and writing. Research and writing are integral parts of the curriculum at SFP, and the librarians work to ensure that all students, across the curriculum and in all grade levels.

The library houses 58 computers, which are available both for individual student use and for use by teachers with their classes. We encourage students to use their own devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) as well.

Students and Faculty members are encouraged to visit the Genius Bar, located on the west side of the library. The Genius Bar is staffed most periods by a team of SFP Geniuses, who provide technical support for mobile devices - including school-provided iPads.

The Homework Room Help Center is available to all students during school hours.

Other services available to students include: several color and black and white printers, two copy machines, and a change machine.

Also, a glass enclosed conference room is available for faculty use.

Policies and Procedures

In order to run the library as effectively as possible, patrons are asked to adhere to the following policies:

  • A student’s ID Card functions as their library card - there is no signup required to check out books.
  • No book may be taken from the library without being checked out.
  • Checkouts are for three weeks and may be renewed as many times as needed.
  • Although the library does not asses fines for late materials, students must pay for any damaged or lost library materials.
  • Reference books and materials may not be checked out.

Selection

Responsibility for the selection of library materials rests with the librarians. The circulating collection is kept up-to-date by continuous purchasing. Teachers and students are encouraged to recommend or request books both for required reading and for pleasure reading - requested books can often be acquired within a week. The Library strives to encourage independent reading and to help students cultivate a lifelong love of reading and research. All materials selected should enrich and support students’ and faculty’s research and recreational needs. Materials for students should be chosen with level of knowledge, scope, and tone carefully in mind. Potential for appeal to students should be a high priority for all materials aimed at the student population, whether or not they are intended for independent reading.

The library is guided at all times by the St. Francis Prep mission statement.

General considerations for all acquisitions:

  • Lasting value of the content
  • Enduring interest in the subject
  • High degree of potential teen appeal
  • Favorable reviews
  • Quality and potential longevity of format
  • Strength of present holdings in the same or similar subject areas
  • Value commensurate with cost and need
  • Authority of the author or reputation of the author
  • With the exception of foreign language dictionaries and a small Spanish language collection, the library acquires primarily English language materials
  • The majority of selections are current publications.