The Archbishop Williams High School Library is much more than a place to check out books!  It is a very busy place offering students the opportunity for printing their work, access to one of our 24 computer workstations, a bright comfortable quiet study space, and due to our collaborations with the Massachusetts Library System and MassCat, a resource sharing network, access to over a million books, periodicals, and DVD’s, online databases and more!  Student access to The Commonwealth Catalog gives them the ability to place holds to every library in the state including College and University library collections.

The librarian collaborates with faculty to build students skills in information literacy, independent research skills, and provides instructional lessons on properly citing their assignments.  The library also provides readers advisory service for students that supports the school’s Sustained Silent Reading Program. 

The Virtual High School classes, an online learning program offered to Juniors and Seniors, are held in the library.  Mrs. Sands is the Onsite Coordinator for this program.

The Archbishop Williams High School Library encourages students to develop information literacy skills by providing materials and resources that support the academic growth needed to become critical thinkers for the 21st century.

The AWHS Library is a member of the Massachusetts Library System, a state supported collaborative, and also a member of MassCat, a resource sharing network. Because of these partnerships, the AWHS library is able to provide 24/7 online access to our library catalog and databases. Membership also enables our students and staff access to the other 108 member library collections.

Books and movies circulate for a period of four weeks and may be renewable. Inter Library Loan deliveries are made twice a week. Please see Mrs. Sands for help with managing your library account or placing holds. 

Looking For A Book?

Mass Cat

Click on the image to access to the Massachusetts Library System 

Your Username is your student ID # and your password is AWHS (Note that the password is capitalized)  You do not need to login to search! If you would like to search the catalog, simply enter your search term in the box at the top center of the page. If you would like to narrow your search a little more, you can click on the arrow next to the term “Library Catalog” and choose an area to narrow your search with. Alternatively, you can click on the “Advanced Search” just below that area and refine your search in a variety of ways.

Commonwealth Catalog

Click on the image to access the Commonwealth Catalog

The Commonwealth Catalog broadens your search beyond our school's library. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries. Make a request  and it will be delivered right to the school's library for quick pickup.  Choose Archbishop Williams as your library. Your barcode is 2003800 plus your student ID number. Your PIN is AWHS. The PIN is case sensitive. Click Submit and start searching!



Find primary sources, historical documents, images, video and so much more by accessing Biblioboard

Digital library containing curated collections of books, images, articles, audio recordings and videos. 


Boston Public Library eCard

The Boston Public Library eCard gives you instant access to thousands of ebooks, movies, audio files, magazines and more.

eBooks & Audio Books

Banner Image

Commonwealth eBook Collections is a statewide initiative to expand access to eBooks to all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Currently, the program offers the following product to interested libraries:

Meet Our Library Staff

Joanna Sands P'06, P'07, P'11, P'12


Beverly Ekstrom '71, P'02

Foreign Language Department Chair & Library Director

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-3:30 pm
Friday 7:30am-3:00pm.

Citation Help

Click on any of the links below to receive help for citing your sources.

Gale Databases