Learning Commons

The Learning Commons provides a comfortable haven for students to study, read, write, research, collaborate, receive academic support and expand their academic horizons.

Make a virtual visit to the LC . . .

  • Access 24/7 Library resources here.
  • If you need help with research projects, sign up here to schedule a reference appointment (via Zoom) with Mrs. Walkins.
  • If you would like to borrow library materials, please submit a request form.

See yourself here . . .

See yourself searching for journal articles, consulting online encyclopedias and reading e-books in the LC. The Saint Joseph Prep Learning Commons maintains a growing collection of excellent print and electronic resources to support the curriculum. Students are encouraged to use all available databases, e-books and print resources when conducting research.

Antiracism Resources — Browse highlighted titles from our collection for those who want to read about racial justice and advocacy, discover the rich culture, accomplishments and tradition of African American families, learn Black History, or put themselves in the shoes of African American literary characters.

Boston Globe — As members of the Massachusetts Library System we can access the Boston Globe Archives through Proquest's News & Issues databases.

Boston Public Library Databases — The Boston Public Library offers remote access to all residents of the Commonwealth for its electronic resources. Use your BPL Library card to log in or sign up for an E-card at the BPL site.

Encyclopedia Britannica — As members of the Massachusetts Library System, we have access to the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Gale Databases — Full suite of databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the agency of state government responsible for the improvement of library services throughout the Commonwealth.

New York Times — As members of the Massachusetts Library System we can access the New York Times Archives through Proquest's News & Issues databases.

OWLThe Purdue Online Writing Lab offers free resources to students and teachers including MLA 8 citation information, resources for ESL students and tips on avoiding plagiarism.

Pew Research Center A non-partisan fact tank that conducts public opinion polls, demographic research and media content analysis.

Be yourself here . . .

Be yourself in the LC and borrow a book that is just right for you. The Learning Commons has an extensive circulating fiction and non-fiction print collection and invites everyone to become an active member of our reading community.

E-Book Collections

The LC has a growing collection of e-books to borrow and download to your device or to read online.  Browse through these collections to find a title that you want to read for the fun of it!

E-Point Books — E-books provided by Rosen Publishing. Log in and read e-books online in the Library or at home any time, day or night. Ask Mrs. Walkins for our user name and password.

Follett Shelf E-books — Read e-books online in the Library or at home any time, day or night. Download the Follett Reader app onto your iPad and ask Mrs. Walkins for your user name and password.

JLG Online — A Gold Standard Collection offered by Junior Library Guild.  See Mrs. Walkins for your username and password.

NOOK Books — Log in to the Barnes & Nobles NOOK app to access popular fiction and non-fiction titles. See Mrs. Walkins for log-in credentials.

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Did you know?

Did you know that on September 25, 1918, Boston's Health Commissioner, Dr. William C. Woodward and city school officials issued an order that all public schools be closed indefinitely due to the rising influenza epidemic?

Read more about Boston and the American influenza epidemic of 1918 in the University of Michigan Influenza Encyclopedia.


Read, imagine, discover and learn in the SJP Learning Commons!


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