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?

eBooks & Audio Books

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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

Beverly Ekstrom

Beverly Ekstrom

Class of 1971
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