Calgary Board of Education

Library Learning Commons

About our library/learning commons

Mission Statement

To support and promote quality teaching and inquiry-based learning, information literacy, collaboration and access to technology.

The Learning Commons houses over 16,000 print, 1,300 audio-visual, 2 daily newspapers, and many current magazines. We also host audio-books, second language resources, provide technology, and offer numerous online resources to support curriculum and for individual interest. Print resources are organized as follows:
• Fiction – by Author (some books with audio tapes)
• Non-Fiction – by Dewey-Decimal number
• Reference - "R" in front of the Dewey-Decimal number
• Professional Library – "PL" and by Dewey-Decimal and located at the back of the main Library

A quiet working spot, the Learning Commons welcomes clients to study, research, read, view, listen and write. School computers are all networked and available for course work, or students may sign up to bring their own electronic devices which connect to the internet. The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) offers 34 PCs, the small computer lab offers 28 stations, the pillars have 12 PCs, and the iMac section is available for drop-in users. A dedicated search computer is at the front to hunt for library resource. A photocopier can be used for a small fee, and two scanners are connected for student use. Print handouts such as the APA 6th Edition Citations and References Format Guidelines, Codes and Passwords for home access to online resources, and templates for planning research are available from the Teacher Librarian. We cannot post confidential information online.

Through intentional school funding support and additional grant money, your library has acquired a large number of new and evaluated resources, including the complete and updated contents of twenty-four major Reference book sets and encyclopedias. In addition to the print books on the shelves, the full-text of these are subscribed to online through our Quick Link eLibrary.

The library is staffed by an excellent part-time Library Assistant, and a Teacher Librarian. “…the tools of learning, the best technology, the finest books, and the best sources of information don’t jump out at students and automatically make a difference without an intermediary – the library media specialist” (Loertscher, 1995). Numerous studies from around the world and also our “Achieving Information Literacy: Standards for School Library Programs in Canada” (2013) support the findings that the presence of trained teacher librarians flexibly available full-time in the library, leads to higher academic standings among students. Your QE Learning Commons has this expertise. We often host over seven classes at a time and are determined in our efforts toward academic excellence, providing quality resources, technology infusion, and providing a safe and serious place for teaching and learning.

Hours are dependent upon Library Assistant hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

We can sometimes keep the space open for longer hours and accessible when sub teachers are available, and when Ms. McGowan is in the space.

Photo ID Card

Your school photo ID card is a means of identification and must be produced to sign out library resources and text books.

Our school library also has one University of Calgary Library Special Reader’s Card that students may use. Students wishing to avail themselves of this special borrower’s card should read “Privileges for High School Users” available at our Circulation Desk when they pick up the card.

Borrowing Privileges

Resources may be signed out for a two-week period, and can be renewed without penalty. We offer overnight loans of reference books and periodicals. Movies are only loaned for classroom use.


Teacher librarian:
403-777-6380 Ext 2009
Library Assistant:
Ext 2003


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