The Althoff Catholic Library holds approximately 8,000 volumes and is a member of the Lewis & Clark System through which we can borrow books. Through gifts and paid subscription, 16 magazines are a part of the collection as well. The library also subscribes to the Belleville News-Democrat, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Suburban Journal, and The Messenger.
The library is located next to the Internet Lab. This makes research of both hard copy and the internet very accessible. Online access to Infotrac and First Search, research sites that use magazines, newspapers, and reference books, is offered. Both of these are available to our students by remote access at home, as well as any computer at school.
Freshmen are brought to the library with their Technology Skills class for an orientation program which includes an explanation of reference tools and materials. They are also instructed on use of the online databases.
Two State wide book clubs are promoted through the library:
- Read for a Lifetime - this reading program is co-sponsored by the Secretary of State and Borders. Students earn a Certificate of Achievement by the sponsors if they read at least four books from the recommended list by the end of March.
- Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award - sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association, requires five books from a recommended list be read. The students then vote for the book they think should earn the award.
Students can also sign up for the online Teen Book Club. This is a way for students to sample a different young adult book each week through installments that are e-mailed to them Monday through Friday. By the end of the week, they will have read the first two or three chapters of the book and know if it is a book they wish to check out or buy to finish reading.
Adopt-a-Shelf Program - sponsored by Althoff Catholic is a non-reading program where students sign up for as many shelves in the library for which they care to be responsible. They are expected to check these shelves at least once a month to be sure they are in proper order. These students take a lot of pride in how well their shelves are in order.
Library Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on regular school days. It is not open before school on faculty meeting days or after school on early dismissal days.