The St. Margaret's School Library in the
Viola Woolfolk Learning Center

Katie Klein, SMS Librarian

About the Library   Library Contents   Library Rules                                                                    Return to the SMS Library Homepage  
About the Library

The St. Margaret’s School Library is the resource and reference center for the school, containing a wealth of books, periodicals, and reference materials in both print and electronic forms.
All SMS students and faculty are encouraged to use the library frequently for your research-oriented class projects and to pursue your own personal interests.  If you have questions about the contents and use of the library materials or wish to request new materials, please ask the librarian.
Information literacy leads to more sophisticated and selective consumers of information and ideas.  The purpose of the library program is to help members of the school community become independent, effective, and lifelong users of information.

Contents of the Library

I. Books (find call numbers in the Athena catalog)

        - Fiction
        - Nonfiction
        - Short story collection
        - Junior fiction and picture books
        - ESL
        - Biography
Winifred Delano state and local history collection   
        - Reference (non-circulating) - almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other specialized materials
        - Professional collection (in Faculty Center downstairs)
        - Alumnae authors collection

II. Periodicals

           - Magazines - latest issues on display; back issues on microfiche and in the Audiovisual Room, online databases and on microfiche

            - Newspapers

                    - USA Today (daily)
                    - Christian Science Monitor (weekly)
                    - Frederickburg Free Lance-Star (daily)
                    - The Washington Post National Weekly Edition
                    - Local newspapers (Rappahannock Times, Rappahannock Record, The Journal [Colonial Beach])

III. Online Databases & Encyclopedias
(by subscription)

        - EBSCO Research Databases
        - Facts on File Reference Suite
        - World and I School Edition
        - Teen Health & Wellness
        - Today's Science on File
        - Encylopedia Americana Online
        - Grolier Online
        - Encylopedia Britannica Online
        - Find it Virginia (Gale databases for VA residents)

IV. Audiovisual media (for teachers)

        - DVDs and VHS tapes
        - CDs and audio tapes

V. Vertical File (ephemera)

VI. St. Margaret's School Archive (2nd floor)

VII. SMS Library Website (click the Library link on the SMS Intranet page)

       - links to databases and encyclopedias on home page
       - Start Your Research Here page organized by discipline
       - Test Prep page - links to PSAT, SAT, ACT practice tests
       - Links to websites for magazines and newspapers
       - Links to local libraries' websites

V. Other Services

        - Computer access (5 public terminals)
        - Photocopier ($.10 per page)
        - Microfiche copies (no charge)
        - Reference assistance during school hours or by appointment

        - All faculty and students have circulation privileges

Library Rules


Reference books, reserve books, and new periodicals do not circulate and must remain in the library.  Use these resources within the library building.  In you need an exception to this rule you must speak with the librarian first.
Books must be checked out through the circulation desk before they are removed from the library.  If the librarian is absent, please sign out the item in the white binder on the counter.  Don’t forget to include your name and the item barcode number.
Exercise great care to prevent damaging items in the collection.  Be considerate of others who use the library by being quiet, handling materials with care, putting books back on the appropriate shelf, and returning materials on time to the book drop by the door.  If you are unsure of where you found a book on a shelf or do not have time to re-shelve it properly, please ask the librarian to put it back for you.
Students are expected to pick up after themselves and replace chairs under tables before leaving.
Crates of old magazines and newspapers are kept for students to use in the preparation of posters and projects.  These crates are labeled for this purpose.  Do not cut up other periodicals or books.
Reserve shelving is provided for times when classes need to share materials.  Reserve materials cannot be checked out and must not be removed from the library.  Reserve shelves are clearly marked.

It is an honor offense for students to take materials

from the library without checking them out.

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