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Library / Learning Commons

The Churchill LIBRARY is now open for limited checkout times with the following parameters:

  • Check out will be available during the following times in FLEX TIME.

For students with classes in the morning, Library check out will be offered from 

10:30 to 10:50 am (immediately following the morning classes).

For students with classes in the afternoon, Library check out will be offered from

12:55 to 1:15 (just before the start of afternoon classes).

  • Students are asked to line-up outside the Library (with masks and social distancing practices in place) and will be given access to the Library by a Teacher-Librarian. We will need to limit the number of students in the Library at any given time.  Please be patient.
  • Students must wear a mask at all times while in the Library.
  • Students must social distance (as much as possible) as they are perusing for books to borrow.
  • Students are encouraged (as much as possible) to be prepared as to which books they will need to borrow (by checking Library catalogue prior to their visit to the Library).
  • Students are reminded that if they are just returning a book – they can easily and safely do this by using the new Library Book Return BIN situated outside the Library. It is a black bin, clearly labelled book returns
  • Unfortunately, there will be NO access to computers or printing in the Library at this time (as per Covid safely rules).

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Ms. McGinn, Ms. Agosti and Ms. Wilson

WE HAVE a wide variety of materials for student use: lots of novels in English and French, (paperback and hardcover) lots of non-fiction books, a small Reference collection, including IB study guides, and more! We also have 40 computers for Internet access, word processing, printing and for using Destiny - our online catalogue. ALSO, we have an excellent digital library, just log in to see what's available on the homepage. Get a bookmark with passwords from the library for logging in at home.  

VSB Library (Destiny)

YOU NEED: a go-card (SEE BELOW) to borrow materials; money to pay for printing or photocopying (25 cents a side); and a smile.
NO FOOD IN THE LIBRARY - any drinks must be in a screw-top container and kept closed.
We volunteer to open the LIBRARY:
MONDAY 8:10 - 3:35
TUESDAY 8:10 - 3:35
WEDNESDAY 8:10 - 3:35
THURSDAY 8:10 - 3:35
FRIDAY 8:10 - 3:05
During lunch hour, we are open the second half only.


  • students must follow the school's user guidelines;
  • playing games and using chat lines is not allowed;
  • passwords are required to use any computer but the designated Online Catalogue machines;
  • general Library rules also apply in the lab - especially NO FOOD or OPENED DRINKS.

You will need to use your Go-Card card to sign out any materials. There will be no exceptions: NO GO-CARD! NO SIGN-OUT! So make sure to carry your Go-Card with you whenever you come to the Library - with a class or on your own. Go-cards are distributed at the beginning of the school year to all students who have their photo taken - the previous year's Go-Card will function until the new one is received. Remember, you are responsible for all items signed out with your Go-Card.  

TO BECOME a monitor, apply in the fall– listen to the announcements for the application process. You can always come and ask us too! WE TAKE a small group of students who are willing to commit at least two 1/2 hour shifts a week. YOUR DUTIES will be varied and extremely useful to the Library. Basically, we wouldn’t survive well without you! Here are some of the tasks you will do:

  • Sign materials in and out using the automated system
  • Shelve materials
  • Make sure materials are in the right place and in the correct order
  • Handle money for printing and the photocopier
  • Assist students with online searching
  • Smile and have fun!

YOU WILL learn a variety of skills and receive either Service or CAS points.
As a Community Service student you will be trained by the Teacher-librarians in all aspects of the job. You may also assist volunteers working in the Library. There will be a variety of tasks. The job is intensely clerical and quite different than working as a C/S student for other teachers. It is very important that you ask questions - the work MUST be accurate. The Library is fully automated, i.e. computerized, using an Internet based system called Destiny.
The duties of a Library Community Service Student incorporate the following:

  • handling the circulation desk and the automated circulation system (Destiny)
  • shelving materials
  • shelf reading (making sure items are correctly shelved)
  • processing new materials
  • answering the phone
  • computer work, i.e. wordprocessing, working with spreadsheets, searching the Internet
  • setting up displays
  • assisting students with using the search terminals to locate Library materials
  • helping with parties
  • PLUS performing a variety of clerical and technical tasks

If you have any special strengths/talents that you want to use, e.x. calligraphy, artistic ability, computer skills - let us know. Working with us is just like working in any library and so being a Community Service student in the library is like work experience or job preparation. You will be developing skills useful for any job: time management, good work habits, business skills such as customer service and telephone skills.... We are happy to give reference letters at the end of the year. Because being a Community Service student in the library mimics a paid work situation, certain behaviours on your part are a given: good attendance, punctuality, a positive attitude and a desire to do the best you can. We will expect you to take this course seriously, to learn and to become competent in a variety of skills and to gain a general understanding of the workings of a library. You will receive letter grades and percentages in this course and be marked on the following:

  • attendance - if you miss over 20% of the course in excused or unexcused absences you will be in danger of failing unless arrangements are made to make up time;
  • general attitude: interested in learning, friendly, working well with others, willing to work hard and chip in;
  • work habits – this includes doing your best, learning the tasks and executing them well and with accuracy, demonstrating good problem solving skills, being neat and tidy, gaining an understanding of the basic routines;
  • self-motivation - looking for more work, seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
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