Bard High School Early College of Baltimore


Library Catalog
Research Model



Today's students live in a world that is rapidly changing, an ever-shifting landscape in which the task to create meaning and construct knowledge can be difficult--even daunting. While information is readily available, sorting out the signal from the noise is not an easy endeavor. Mastering information literacy skills in accessing, evaluating, and using information are crucial to the learning process. To ensure that students become effective users of ideas and information, the library media program provides resources that support the curriculum and reinforce and enhance content-area instruction. The aim of the library media program is to empower students to achieve the following learning outcomes:*

The student who is information literate:

    • Accesses information efficiently and effectively;
    • Evaluates information critically and competently; and
    • Strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

The student who is an independent learner:

    • Pursues information related to personal interests;
    • Appreciates and enjoys literature and other creative expressions of information; and
    • Strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

The student who is socially responsible contributes positively to the learning community and to society, and:

    • Recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society;
    • Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology; and
    • Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

* As defined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (1998) by AASL and AECT.

Library Policy

Sign in online when you first enter the library.

Food, drinks, and gum are NOT allowed in the Library.

Quiet voices. Maintain an atmosphere conducive to study and learning at all times.

Cell phones must be placed on vibrate and the sound turned off before entering the Library.

Take pride in our library and clean up after yourself—leave the space as you found it. Throw away all your trash, including any bits of paper on the floor.

Students must sign up to use Library computers, which are for school work only.

Check books out with Ms. Wasserman before taking them from the Library. Return books by their due date two weeks later or renew for two more weeks.

Books used in the Library should be returned to the counter. Please do not reshelve.

If you need/want help finding a book, you only have to ask!



When is the library open?

The library hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m., and 1:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Extended hours are on Monday, from 3:30 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

How long can I check out a book?

Books are due after two weeks, when they should be either returned or renewed. Ms. Wasserman is in the process of barcoding the collection for the online catalog, but in the meantime, you can check out any book in the Library Book Checkout binder at the circulation counter.

How many books can I check out at a time?

The first time you check books out from the library, you are limited to 2 books. That number will go up once you have shown the following:

    • Reliability in returning or renewing books on time
    • Responsibility for taking care of the books and keeping them in good condition while they are in your possession

Having demonstrated the above, circulation privileges will increase. On the flip side, a student's privileges may be restricted if unable to meet those conditions.

Can I print in the library?

As of yet, there is no functional printer in the library.