The Marian Catholic High School Library is an active part of the school community. In addition to being the home of scholarly research, the library hosts a variety of activities including a Book Club, CivilTEA, and the Yearbook Club.
The collection includes over 14,000 books. For personal and research purposes, the library subscribes to a variety of online magazines, journal, and newspaper indices. The library also subscribes to several magazines and newspapers in print format. Over 1,000 e-books and specialized databases for various subject areas are also available online. All online research materials can be accessed through the library’s web page both at school and at home. Articles are also electronically delivered through RAILS and other systems.
With I-SHARE, students can browse the card catalogs from 76 academic libraries in Illinois. Using SWAN and the Statewide Illinois Library Catalog, students can view the collections at all of the public libraries in Illinois. Students can also access Indiana’s Lake County Library and its branches. Marian Catholic's card catalog is accessible outside of the library through the library’s web page.
The library is fully automated; student IDs are needed to check out materials. Most items in Marian Catholic's library circulate. Students can come in before or after school, during their study hall, lunch, or as part of a class. Students use the library for research, study, and individual enrichment or leisure reading. Access to the internet is provided. Using Axis 360, students can electronically check out books 24/7 on their mobile devices. Books can be borrowed from the academic libraries using inter-library loan.
Marian Catholic's library provides instructional services on a variety of levels. This includes consultation by appointment, scheduled classroom instruction, and formal lectures for freshmen orientation and junior and senior term papers. The library provides instruction in research methods, library and bibliographic-related software, library and internet resources, and curriculum development.
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”