Welcome to the Josephinum Academy Library! From this page you can access our online catalog, conduct research from our databases and recommended websites, and locate help with citing your sources. You can also read recommended book reviews and comments about new books. If you have a Chicago Public Library card, you can link to their catalog and databases. The library has a print collection of over 4,000 reference, non-fiction and fiction titles, seating for 50 students, and 18 computer stations with 2 printers. Please contact the librarians with any questions or concerns you may have regarding research and citations or locating a book. We welcome your suggestions for future book purchases!
The mission of the Josephinum Academy Library program is to promote a culture of learning that incorporates the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools for the development of students who are literate, ethical, resourceful and independent learners. To achieve this mission, the library seeks to:
- support the academic and student support programs
- support the information needs of all students
- support the use of digital resources and tools to gather, evaluate and use information
- promote the use of appropriate digital resources and tools
- promote independent reading
- select, acquire and manage library resources that support curricular and recreational activities
- promote collaborative planning with faculty
- promote the development of information literacy and technology skills through individual and group instruction
- provide an inviting and safe physical and virtual environment
- communicate regularly about the library program
- create opportunities for collaboration with the librarians at other Chicago high schools, at other Sacred Heart schools, and other IB high schools.
- promote the practice of legal and ethical behavior and understand the human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology
Students are welcome in the library as part of a class, during lunch periods and after school, or with a pass from their teacher. Students come to the library for individual research, study, listening and viewing; group study, collaboration and presentation; computer use and printing; whole or small group classroom instruction; meetings with tutors and/or mentors; and after school enrichment activities.