The Middle/Upper School Library • BIRMINGHAM
During the Birmingham Project renovation, the library has been temporarily relocated to the Dance Room. We appreciate your patience while the new library (rendering above) is constructed and encourage everyone to continue to honor the space given the challenges that may arise with a site under construction. The significant expansion of the new library will increase the collection by fivefold, include three small group breakout rooms, a digital classroom and academic collaboration areas.
The Middle/Upper School Library is a place, a program and a portal. To support the philosophy, mission and practices of Roeper, the library provides a welcoming environment for Birmingham campus students, teachers, and parents to:
- Pursue academic and personal interests
- Engage with diverse ideas and information in a variety of formats
- Work collaboratively to solve problems for the greater good
- Develop knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st century
- Cultivate a lifelong love of learning and reading
The physical library space is a place students can count on to facilitate and support their individual and collaborative academic work. Here are some guidelines designed to create and sustain a library environment that serves the community well:
- During the academic day (from opening to 3:15 p.m.) the primary purpose of the library is: research, study, reading, working, and reflecting.
- Group work is encouraged and expected in the main part of the library.
- The Quiet Room is for silent individual study, whenever the library is open.
- Computer resources during the academic day are reserved for research, writing, and other academic endeavors.
- After the class day has ended, the library’s computer resources are available for recreational use. However, academic work takes priority after school as well.
- Students have the freedom to choose the library as a place to come work, either individually or with peers; and the responsibility to be mindful of the needs of other library users.
The Library's collection includes: reference books, fiction, non-fiction, some course textbooks, and both popular and scholarly magazines. Through the Michigan Electronic Library, a host of databases suitable for academic work and other digital resources are available via library computers. The librarian is available to work with students and faculty, coaching research skills development and teaching information literacy strategies.
Corrine Hatcher, Librarian