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Library Portal

Welcome Home!  Sit back and read with us.

Welcome to The de Paul School Library Portal - a space for you to hang out and get fired up about reading. We hope you'll participate by letting us know what you like and where you want to see more. We also hope you'll contribute to this site by creating a video book review to be posted at the Book Review page.

Library Access


Library Policies

Library Circulation Rules / Fact Sheet / Collection Development Policy


Need to know the inside scoop? The background? The rules and regs? How things work? You've come to the right place!

The links below can tell you how and how long you can check out materials from the library; specific information about the library such as number of books, hours of operation, and so on; and how the librarians select the books to order and add to the collection.

Library Circulation Rules

Check Out Policy

  Material Loan Period Renew
Elementary School Teams 1-4 2 Books 7 Days Twice
Middle School Teams 5-8 2 Books 14 Days Twice

Elementary School students check out at least one reading book approved by their teachers. In addition, students may check out a free choice book, a magazine, a Playaway, or a Kindle device.

Middle School students are not required to check out a reading book as long as they have a book assigned by their teacher, or a personal silent reading book.

Faculty and Staff
Material Loan Period Renew
50 Books 60 Days Twice
50 Audio 60 Days Twice
50 VHS/DVD 60 Days Twice
17 iPods 60 Days Twice

Because faculty members utilize many materials from the library to support the school’s curriculum, they may check out a greater number of materials from the library.

Placing Items “On Hold”

Students should not place items on hold unless they are certain that they will check them out.

A student cannot place on hold more than 2 books at a time.

Faculty and staff members may place up to 5 books on hold at a time.

Lost / Damaged Items

Students who forget to return an item to the library receive a note to take home. Students have up to a month to return a missing item. If a student fails to return this item, the student's FACTS account is charged. Before that, the student's family is informed by email or a phone call. If preferred, a family could also pay for the lost item by cash or check.

In addition, if an item is lost or damaged, a patron will need to pay the library the replacement cost of the item. If patrons find a book previously thought lost, they can return the item to the library in order to be refunded.

Students and faculty will be billed for materials that are not returned.

Fact Sheet

The role of our library is to promote a lifelong habit in, and love of, reading and to help our patrons address their information needs. In fulfilling that role, we invite students to visit the library both to check out reading books and to find appropriate resources for their assignments. The library personnel read reviews from well-known and well respected publications in order to bring to the library and share with our students and teachers the newest, the best, and the most exciting books in fiction and non-fiction.

  • Printed Materials: ~19,000
  • Current Periodicals: 26
  • Newspapers: 2 electronic accesses
  • Videos: 173
  • Playaway Devices: 20
  • Computers: 2 desktops & 18 laptops
  • iPod Touch Devices: 40
  • iPad Air 2 devices: 6
  • Kindle Paperwhite: 5

Student Involvement

Teams K-4

  • Weekly library period with borrowing privileges
  • Story time and activities
  • Introductory library skills sessions

Teams 5-8

  • Every other week library period with borrowing privileges
  • Extended library skills sessions to support class projects and research

Online Catalog

The online catalog (by Follett Corporation) provides information about print, video, and audio holdings.

Electronic Resources

Additional resources, available through the local public library, are accessible through the library’s web page, including electronic databases and guides for citing sources.


  • Located on ground floor of main building
  • Main reading room used by middle and upper students includes computers, stacks, study carrels and wireless laptops
  • Garden and courtyard area accessible for fair weather reading and activities


  • Fall Book Fair with Scholastic
  • Spring Book Fair with a local bookstore

Collection Development Policy

In order to maintain an up-to-date collection that supports student learning and interest, we regularly assess items based on these general areas: dated content, appearance and condition, the number of duplicate copies, and the frequency of check out.

Specifically, we consider the following in determining whether to take an item out of circulation:

  • Printed material with worn, brittle, missing pages or cover
  • Audiovisual materials missing parts or that no longer operate
  • Duplicate copies of a specific title beyond check out demand
  • Older or outdated editions (classics or award winners excepted)
  • Materials
  • irrelevant to current curriculum
  • containing inaccurate information
  • presenting stereotypes
  • Nonfiction materials that have not checked out within the last decade.
  • Fiction materials that have not checked out within the last 5 years with the exception of books designated as classics.
  • Magazine issues exceeding a five year limit, except those that assist students and faculty with research.

The school librarians determine whether materials that are eliminated from the library catalog will be given away, donated, or discarded.

Gift Policy

The library welcomes and accepts gifts of materials from donors. We evaluate these materials by the same criteria we use when considering a new purchase for our collection. Materials donated to the school library may be donated to other organizations if they do not support the school’s curriculum.


Some books shelved in the library have age restriction policies. If a parent wishes for his or her child to check out a specific title that has an age restriction, he or she may submit a note to the librarians with the request, and the child will be allowed to check out the item.

Concerns about the Collection

We endorse:

The Library Bill of Rights
The Freedom to Read Statement
The Freedom to View Statement

Library Tutorials

Develop your information literacy skills 24/7 - whenever you want, wherever you are!


When I need a review or want to learn something new to enhance my information literacy skills, I check out the library tutorials. It's easy to click on the link and find videos that show how to use library resources such as the online catalog, eBooks, or Britannica School Database. You can also learn tips on conducting research in order to find what you need.

Tutorials for Grades K - 5

Video Tutorials

Click on “Britannica School” button from the Databases menu on the left side of the screen and then view the appropriate videos.
Click on the button of one of the following available EBSCO databases from the EBSCO Databases menu on the left side of the screen to view specific videos:
Primary Search

Tutorials for Grades 6 - 8

Video Tutorials

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction: A video by the library of North Carolina State University


Copyright and Fair Use Animation: A video from Common Sense Media


Click on “Britannica School” button from the Databases menu on the left side of the screen and then view the appropriate videos.

Click on the button of one of the following available EBSCO databases from the EBSCO Databases menu on the left side of the screen to view particular videos:
MAS Ultra --- School Education
Master FILE Premier
Middle Search Plus

Book Reviews

Share your views / write, record, and post a review / keep up on library news!


Have you read a great book lately that others need to know about?  You've come to the right place.  The Book Review page features video reviews of books by our students.  Check with the librarians on ways to create and post your own Book Review to share with your friends and classmates.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Dinosaur Mountain: Digging into the Jurassic Age

Wild Horse Scientists

Navigating Early

The Watcher