The Lake Library serves the Pre-Primary and Primary schools, preschool through grade four. Completely renovated in 2002, the bright, welcoming space boasts state-of-the-art technology and an excellent library collection. The outstanding and up-to-date collection of books and instructional materials are tailored to the needs of Laurel's Pre-Primary students and Primary girls, their families and their teachers -- a collection of professional books for use by both faculty and parents. The librarian and teachers work together to teach information literacy skills and to ensure that students become enthusiastic, independent and effective library users.
Crile Library and Ruhlman Resource Center serves Grade 5 through adults, a large population with a wide variety of abilities and interests.
We encourage girls to read responsibly and enjoy a wide variety of genres. We are mindful of the wide range of interest and maturity levels of our girls. Without limiting their choices, we encourage our students to select books appropriate for them and encourage parents to talk with their daughters about the books they are reading.
The American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights guides our practice:
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or view of those contributing to their creation.
With nearly 15,000 square feet of space, the Library contains a state-of-the-art communications system. Ttudents may access their network files and connect to the Internet from anywhere in the facility. Small group study rooms contain equipment to produce high-quality audio-visual presentations.
Highlights of the library include:
- 18,000 Volume Collection
- State-of-the-art library management system installed in 2006, gives students access to library resources from anywhere with internet access.
- Subscription databases, providing up-to-date information from outstanding sources, include:
- ABC-Clio American History
- Bloom's Literary References
- Country Reports
- ebrary, a collection of 50,000 full-text books
- Gale Student Resource Center Gold
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Gale In Context resources for Global Issues, Science, U.S. History, and World History
- Newsbank Newspapers (current and historic collections)
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Today's Science
- Access to all Infohio resources, including EBSCO periodicas, Science Online, and World Book Encyclopedia
- Computers: 20 Laptop & 34 Desktop
- A beautiful and inviting reading space with wireless internet connection throughout and a variety of seating areas
- An enclosed classroom to integrate the best of electronic and print sources for students
- Small group study rooms with white boards, computers, and software for digital media production
- Hours 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, school days