The Herbst Foundation Library is a curriculum-based resource available to students with a holding of over 8,000 titles in both traditional and electronic formats. The Library houses a constantly evolving collection of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, reference works, newspapers, and magazines. The library space is designed to facilitate student study and academic research, and includes private work areas, a networked laser printer/copier with limited free printing and copy services, wireless connectivity for electronic readers and mobile devices, and an audiobook and DVD holdings room. The library provides a relaxed atmosphere for reading, studying, browsing the nation’s leading newspapers and magazines, and collaborating on group work.
Library Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Please note that on occasion the library will be closed for meetings, student activities, and other special events.
Searching the Follett Destiny Library Catalog
When performing a search through the Follett Destiny Online Catalog, the search results page will display all available options: paper books held on the shelves, eBooks available for download, and audiobooks and DVDs available for checkout. The Follett Destini Library Catalog is searchable on any electronic device.
Searching for a Print Book on the Shelves
The Herbst Foundation Library uses the Dewey Decimal System, a guide to call numbers to locate books by using letters and/or numbers 000 – 900. Physical books held locally will have a call number displayed on the results screen corresponding to their physical location on the shelf. By clicking the graphic for more details, demarked as , additional information is made available.
For instance, a search for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain will result in options for the eBook, the Audio book recording or as the physical book held locally with the call sign of “FIC TWA,” indicating that the book is a work of fiction located on the shelves at the location of “FIC TWA.”
Online Research Resources
EBSCO Research Databases & eBooks
A comprehensive database that gives students and teachers access to 4,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers in all subject areas including many peer-reviewed and full text articles.
Off campus Login: arhs PW: crusaders
History Reference Center
Biography Reference Center
Explora Secondary Schools
Science Reference Center
Literary Reference Center Plus
Points of View
eBook High School Collection
eBook Classic Collections
Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.
Off campus Login: arhs
Hundreds of thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, science, law, politics, religion, and more. Off campus Login: arhs PW: crusaders
PrepSTEP provides the most comprehensive selection of academic and career-related resources available for students in one online location. Targeted learning centers provide easy-to-use, intuitive online navigation for interactive tutorials, practice tests and e-books. PrepSTEP features academic skill building, college placement test preparation, college and life skills tutorials, soft skills training, career advancement resources, professional licensing and certification test prep, basic computer skills training and much more.
Key events in U.S. History treated in detail and supplemented with primary source documents, timelines, biographies, reading lists, and glossaries. More than 2,800 entries and 1,000 photographs and images.
Over 5,000 newspapers from the 1700s-2000s with millions of additional pages added every month.
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 279 billion archived web pages
San Francisco Public Library
Find an article in a magazine, newspaper, encyclopedia, or reference book through several databases at once; access to eBooks, eAudibooks and more with your SFPL card.
Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography.
Congress.gov makes federal United States legislative information freely available to the public. Contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member of Congress profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and selected member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
A nonprofit website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
Google Arts & Culture
Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recording, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints,photographs and more.
In order to maintain a proper library atmosphere that is conducive to study and research, the following rules and policies are enforced.
- Please whisper if you need to communicate with another student.
- No eating or drinking is allowed in the library.
- No cell phone use is allowed in the library.
- All cell phones must be on silent mode in the library.
- No more than four to a table at one time.
- Always clean up your area and push your chair in as you leave quietly.
Library Computer / Electronic Device Rules
- Library computers are to be used for academic work only. This includes research, working on school papers and projects and using the Riordan Google for Education platform (student-issued email only).
- Playing games, using Social Media (ie: Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter) instant messaging/chatting, or other personal use that is not academically focused is prohibited on all library computers or on personal electronic devices inside the library at all times.
- When printing to the library laser printer, please perform a print preview to view your document and note the number of pages you are printing.
- You may only print school assignments and homework, and print jobs should be no more than five pages.
- The library has student wireless (WiFi) connectivity for students’ personal electronic devices, which may be used for schoolwork.
- Always log out of your computer account at the end of your session.
Checking Out Library Books
- Books may be checked out for a three-week period (21 days).
- Students are limited to checking out five books at a time.
- Books may be renewed at the library counter.
- Reference books cannot be checked out of the library.
DVDs and Audiotapes
- These items may be checked out by arrangement with the librarian.
- In most cases, only 1 DVD or audiobook may be checked out at a time.
- DVDs and audiobooks may be checked out for 1 week.
Archbishop Riordan High School Honor Code
- Copying or downloading another student’s work.
- Giving or receiving unauthorized aid. (Authorized aid can include “cheat sheets” or notes not allowed by the teacher or communicating answers to another student.)
- Using an electronic device to transmit information or as an unauthorized aid. (Electronic devices can include but are not limited to computers, iPads, iPods, cell phones, graphing calculators, digital translators, or cameras.)
- Plagiarizing any part of published or online materials including Internet sites. (Plagiarism is the use of material composed by others and passed as one’s own, regardless of the source of the material.)
- Please see the Student-Parent handbook for a description of other violations of the Honor Code.
SFPL Library Cards
Applications can be downloaded here, and are also available in the school library. Students should complete the application and return it to Mr. Appel or Mr. Stevens in the Library. Once submitted, the applications will be processed by the SFPL Outreach Coordinator, who will then bring the cards to school for distribution.