Annie Bosworth Library: About

Statement of Purpose

The Annie Bosworth Library at Saint Ann’s School endeavors to promote critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies, intellectual curiosity, and a love of reading and literature for all students, faculty and staff. In meeting these goals the library will:

  • Support and enhance the academic and creative arts curriculum.
  • Maintain a collection (print, electronic and audiovisual material) that attempts to stimulate the intellect and imagination of every patron.
  • Provide an inviting, supportive and functional environment.
  • Provide bibliographic instruction to every individual within the school community, during both scheduled classes and impromptu moments.
  • Impart our passion for books.

About the Library

The Annie Bosworth Library at Saint Ann’s School serves approximately 720 students in grades 4 through 12, as well as over 200 faculty and staff. The collection includes approximately 25,000 books, videos, and other materials, and subscriptions to dozens of periodicals and electronic databases. Information about the Lower School Library (serving Kindergarten through 3rd grade) is available at: Lower School Library.

Within the Annie Bosworth Library, there is a Juvenile Section for books geared towards the younger members of our community. However, all students are permitted to check out any material. Librarians are available to discuss the choice with the students.


Using the Library

The Annie Bosworth Library operates with an open door policy. High school students and faculty are free to use the library at any time during the day. Middle school students are free to use the library during lunch and study periods. Children through 5th grade need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver if using the library after school.


Material Selection Policy
Selecting books for the Annie Bosworth Library is an ongoing process. Books are selected in an effort to support the academic and creative arts curriculum, foster a love of reading, support the research of a particular student or faculty member, and simply to aid students in the development of their passions. The librarians are responsible for selecting books, and suggestions from students and faculty are welcome. Requests are usually honored. The Annie Bosworth Library at Saint Ann’s supports an individual’s Freedom to Read and adheres to the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights.

Subscriptions to databases are purchased on a yearly basis and their usefulness is evaluated prior to renewing the subscription. Databases are purchased not to replace books within the library, but to increase the accessibility to information for students and faculty. The databases are varied in content and scope. Some databases, such as Encyclopedia Britannica, are broad-based, general-use resources, while others, such as ScienceDirect and JSTOR, are more in-depth and/or academically oriented. It should be noted that some databases are available for free through the New York State Library while others are purchased using NYSSL funds and as such are subject to vendor restrictions as dictated through the Department of Education.

Library Computer and Internet Use
Within the Annie Bosworth Library it is understood that computers should be used in a responsible, ethical and legal fashion. Computers are used within the library for research and creative purposes. Students and faculty may check e-mail, but students doing research or schoolwork take priority.

It is unacceptable to violate the privacy of anyone inside or outside the Saint Ann’s community, copy materials in violation of copyright law, or plagiarize someone else’s work, or disrupt the functioning of the computers in the library. High school students may use iPods and cell phones in the library in a manner that is respectful to others. Middle school students are not permitted to use iPods or cell phones in the library.

Chromebook Policy
The library has 20 chromebooks available for checkout within the library. Chromebooks are to be used primarily for school work, and students should be sitting at a table while using them. Library chromebooks may not leave the library; there are other Chromebooks available throughout the school for classroom and personal use.

Procedure for Challenged Materials
We are a community that values communication; as such we hope that any objections concerning materials in the library collection can be discussed in a friendly manner and preferably resolved informally. If this is not possible, the inquirer will be asked to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The form should be given to the librarian, who will then take up the matter with the Head of School, the Dean of Faculty, and the appropriate Division Head. It is imperative that everyone evaluating the material, as well as the inquirer, read the material in its entirety. A decision should be made promptly. The challenged material should remain in circulation during the process.

Circulation Policies
All materials should be checked out using the automated circulation system in the library. All students and faculty are permitted to check out up to 5 books at a time for a three week period. If more books are needed for a particular project, exceptions will be made. Books may be renewed if no one else is waiting for them. Books must be brought back to the library in order to be renewed.

  • E-books can be downloaded through the Saint Ann’s Library at Overdrive for a period of two weeks. Librarians are available to assist patrons with this process.
  • DVDs and audiobooks are subject to the same circulation guidelines as books.
  • Reference materials are non-circulating unless special permission is granted.
  • A portable record player is available to borrow if scheduled in advance.
  • Reserve books are to be used in the library, unless a teacher gives special permission.

Overdue notices will be sent to students and faculty periodically. No fines will be collected for books returned late. At the end of the school year, students will be billed for unreturned and lost materials.

Library Curriculum

4th grade
Middle school students become acquainted with the Annie Bosworth Library in 4th grade during their scheduled library class which meets once a week in small groups. During this time, students select books and are read to from a chapter book. No anecdotal reports are written, nor is any homework expected. In addition, history teachers often schedule classes in the library for research.

5th grade
Library class in 5th grade is an elective. In this class students meet once a week to select books and and listen to a chapter book read by a librarian. In addition, students learn about library organization, research strategies, and website evaluation (they also get to attend our annual 5th grade sleepover!). All 5th graders spend a week in the library with their Language Structures class learning how to use the library in order to do research for a paper on New York City. Students work in groups of three or four with a librarian or teacher and receive individualized attention and instruction. In addition, history teachers often assign short papers and students are expected to research in the library.

6th and 7th grade
History and science teachers often schedule classes in the library to research topics for small papers and projects.

8th grade
Students are expected to complete a lengthy paper with their humanities classes on a topic of their choice. Students are given extensive bibliographic instruction in the library. In addition, 8th grade science classes use the library to conduct research for a project about diseases.

9th grade
Bibliographic instruction continues with the 9th grade history research paper (or several shorter papers).

10th, 11th, 12th grade
Research projects conducted in the library vary depending on the electives the students have chosen.

Book Donations

Many of the library’s materials have been donated by members of the Saint Ann’s community, and we welcome small gifts and donations. The librarians reserve the right to determine whether donated material will be added to the collection in the library or sold in our book sale. The librarians are happy to acknowledge the receipt of donations on school library stationery for tax purposes. However, the librarians will not attempt to place a monetary value on donations.

Library Publications