Library/Media Center


Commonwealth eBook Collection

Beginning school year 2015-2016 the AWHS library will be offering our students access to the Commonwealth eBook Collection.  This is a statewide eBook lending program that is  opening up access to ebooks to libraries that are members of the Massachusetts Library System. The collection includes fiction, non-fiction, historical documents,academic research and more.   


The Commonwealth Catalog extends your search beyond your local library’s resources.In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered right to your local library for quick pickup. You know what you want — let the Commonwealth Catalog help you get it.

The Archbishop Williams High School Library

Beverly Ekstrom ’71, Director

Joanna Sands, Librarian

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.

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

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. 


Find a Book

Looking for a book? Click here. MassCat is our online catalog.

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.

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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. Click here to go to the Commonwealth Catalog and click sign in. 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!

eBooks and Audio Books

Use the Axis 360 app to download eBooks and audiobooks.

Your Username is archw and your password is your student ID #. 

Axis 360 gives library and school users the ability to search, browse and discover ebooks and/or digital audiobooks available for lending through their public library or school with ease. Designed to provide a mobile experience for users of the Axis 360 digital media library, the Axis 360 app lets you sync with your local library or school’s digital collection, allowing you to check out materials in a user interface optimized for your device. 
The free app allows you to browse, check out and read ebooks or listen to audiobooks in a single app.

Find primary sources, historical documents, images, video and so much more
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.

Citation Help

 EasyBib will help you to search for and create your citations. Once in EasyBib, If you click “Gale Resources” on the right column, you will now have access to thousands of articles and resources to help you with any research you need. For help with citing your work and access to the AWHS Online Resources, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to:

  2. Fill out your information with your AWHS email and password

  3. For full access use coupon code: archbhsma

  4. EasyBib will help you to search for and create your citations. If you click “Gale Resources” on the right, you will now have access to thousands of articles and resources to help you with any research you need.

  5. If you have already registered for easybib, remember your login info is your AWHS email and your student id number.

Other Helpful Resources

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

MLA Style center


Gale Database

Looking for online resources? View Gale Databases here. 

Brought to you by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Library System with state funds and federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds.

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