What information services does the library offer? 

Check out a book – Nonfiction books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Fiction books are arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Use the OPAC (online public access catalog) Destiny to search the collection and place holds on items. Loan Period: 3 weeks. (10¢ fine for each day late)  A book drop is located just outside the library doors for your convenience. Books may be renewed so long as there are no holds on the item.

Check out a reference book – Certain reference books do circulate. Ask your librarian for more information. Loan Period: These books can be checked out at the end of the day and must be returned by first period the following day. (25¢ fine for each day late.)

Borrow books from other libraries – If our library doesn’t have a book you need, we may be able to request it from another library. This is called an ILL, or Interlibrary Loan. Ask the librarian for help with your search. We can also borrow books from the grade school and convent library. They arrive in 24 hours.

Check out a magazine – Past issues are stored behind the checkout counter. Current issues cannot be checked out. Loan Period: 1 week. (10¢ fine for each day late.)
Valley Catholic subscribes to the following magazines: The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Discover, Food Network Magazine, National Geographic, New Scientist, The New Yorker, Outside, Portland Monthly, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Time, US Catholic,and Wired.

We also have back issues available for checkout. The library has the complete run of LIFE Magazine. We also have copies of National Geographic starting in 1915, Timestarting in 1972, and Newsweek starting in 1970.

  • For additional periodical articles use the databases available at OSLIS.
  • Search all physical periodicals available in our OPAC.

Read a newspaper – VCS receives three newspapers: Beaverton Valley TimesCatholic Sentinel, and The Oregonian. Current issues remain in the library. Please put them back where they belong. Do not take clippings from these papers…make a photocopy!

Printing & Copy Services – Students can print from library computers. To print in black-and-white, select HS-Library-Dell3460n from your printing options. To print in color, select HS-LibColor-DellC3760dn from your printing options. Copies can be made using the library’s Xerox machine. Copies can be made in black-and-white only.

Technology assistance – All library and lab computers are equipped with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Design Studio.  We can give basic assistance on how to use these tools, show you how to save them on the network, or check out a jump drive to take them home to work on.

What if I forgot my computer network password? If you forgot your password or believe it is no longer secure and should be reset, contact the librarian. Use your network storage space wisely.

What special collections of information do you have? 
Electronic Databases have authoritative, timely articles and eBooks for all your research needs.

What are your behavior expectations?Loud talking and socializing interfere with research, studying and reading. You’ll be given a verbal warning (A “Shhh,” if you will.) if your decibels are deemed detrimental to the learning process. After that, you’ll be asked to leave. If this behavior persists, you may lose your library privileges. School rules and codes of conduct apply at all times. No food, no gum, drinks are allowed if they are secured in a bottle with a screw top (spill-proof). Yes to smiles, yes to questions, yes to positive attitudes.

What happens if I lose an item from the library?You’ll pay the full value of the item as well as any outstanding fine. Please respect equitable access to information by returning your items on time.