Library Services

Quick Facts

Librarian - Ms. Emily Charpentier

Borrowing from the Library

Loan Period - 1 week for reference books, 2 weeks for all other materials. When you check out an item, Ms. Charpentier will let you know when it will be due. If you need more time and no one else is waiting for that item, Ms. Charpentier can renew it for you.

Privacy - Libraries are supporters of privacy and confidentiality. Your reading habits are your own business, and you have the right to feel safe in reading according to your interests. The only situation in which your library record will be shared with anyone is if you have overdues that have not been returned at the end of the school year. In this case, the list of your overdues will only be shared with the principal, secretaries, and your parents/guardians in order to facilitate collecting the overdue books or replacement copy/fee.

Holds - If you need a book, but it is checked out, it can be placed on hold. This means that you will be put on a waiting list for the book, and as soon as it is returned, Ms. Charpentier will email you to let you know that you can pick it up. If you know your username and password in the online catalog, you can do this yourself; if you aren't sure, Ms. Charpentier can set that up for you.

All materials should be returned to the library by the day prior to final exams. Items that have been lost must be replaced either with a new copy of the same title or the original cost of the title. For seniors, all items must be returned before senior exams begin. For underclassmen, all items must be returned by Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Doing Research

If you're completely lost, a good place to start is to check out some of the tabs at the top of this page. You'll find tips and tutorials, lists of databases, and the online catalog to help you get started. Whether or not you're lost, please feel free to come into the library to talk to Ms. Charpentier or email her about your research or the information you're looking for.

If you know ahead of time that you need to spend some time getting to know library resources or need some guidance in starting research, sign up for a research tutorial at the library's circulation desk.

Citing Sources and Using NoodleTools

In the context of research, using information ethically means that whenever you incorporate someone else's ideas, words, or work into your own work, you give them credit by citing them as a source. In a research paper, this means following the MLA, APA, or Chicago style for formatting your paper, bibliography, and citations; but for other types of projects, it might mean adding an attribution for an image you used on a poster, providing a list of the sources you used when you looked up some facts, or listing your references for a drawing.

UHS subscribes to NoodleTools, a citation and research manager that will help you cite appropriately and organize your research. The Citation Help tab includes NoodleTools tutorials and help, as well as other resources to help you format citations.  If you have questions about when and how to cite, visit the library.

What should I read next?

Come in and talk to Ms. Charpentier if you're looking for book recommendations. If you want to talk about books with other students, join book club. Other sources of recommended books: try the "reviews and recs" and "book lists" tags on this blog, take a look at (and contribute to) the Student Review Blog, look at some of the collections of books on the UHSL Pinterest boards, and try YALSA's Teen Book Finder app, which helps you find award-winning and recommended books.