The collections at the Hopkinton secondary schools have been developed to enrich and support both the curriculum and the personal needs of our students and faculty, taking into consideration diverse interests, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, maturity levels, and students' extracurricular interests. Materials selected encourage an appreciation for both informational and recreational reading, viewing, or listening.
There are approximately 17,000 books (print, audio and digital), 32 periodicals, and two newspapers in the High School Library collection. Students and staff have access to subscription databases at home and at school. These databases include InfoTrac, SIRS and ABCClio History Databases. In addition, there is an extensive audiovisual collection which includes videos, DVDs and CD-ROM.
The library media center is open Monday - Friday from 7:25 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Students who would like to work in the library media center during study hall must obtain a media center pass from Mrs. Belcher at the beginning of each period. Passes will be issued on a space available basis. Students with Senior Privilege do not need to have a pass.
Students who are not signed in for lunch block are not allowed to hang out in the media center during their lunch period. If you need to quickly print a paper, check-out or return an item please come and see Mrs. Belcher when you enter the library.
All students, including those with Senior Privilege, must sign in at the circulation desk when they arrive at the media center. Students should also sign out whenever they leave the library.
When working in the library media center, students are expected to:
be respectful of others at all times.
speak in a way that does not disturb others.
be doing something productive.
be working in a way that permits others to be productive.
When visiting the media center, students must sign in and out at the main desk. Students are welcomed in the library, but should remember that the inappropriate use of library materials, supplies and furnishings or playing computer games is not permitted and could result in the loss of library privileges or other consequences as deemed appropriate. Students who have lost their library privileges may come to the library only when accompanied by a teacher.
The collection of Hopkinton High School has been developed to enrich and support both the curriculum and the personal needs of our students and faculty, taking into consideration diverse interests, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, maturity levels, and students' extracurricular interests. Materials selected encourage an appreciation for both informational and recreational reading, viewing, or listening.
There are approximately 17,000 books (print, audio and digital), 32 periodicals, and two newspapers in the library collection. Students and staff have access to subscription databases at home and at school. These databases include InfoTrac, SIRS and ABCClio History Databases. In addition, there is an extensive audiovisual collection which includes videos, DVDs and CD-ROM.
Circulation and Overdue Policy
Library books and periodicals may be borrowed for three weeks.
Videos may be borrowed overnight.
Books may be renewed.
Students with overdue materials lose borrowing privileges. These privileges are restored as soon as the student's record is cleared.
Monthly overdue notices will be sent to students.
Lost books are the responsibility of the student. Students who lose books will be asked to cover the replacement cost. This will include costs for processing materials.
If, at the end of the school year, a student has not fulfilled his or her library responsibilities, borrowing privileges will be restricted for the following year.
Students and staff who need a book or another resource that is not available in our school collection may speak to Mrs. Belcher about borrowing the necessary item through interlibrary loan.
Find online articles and books in databases such as General OneFile, Biography in Context, Books and Authors, Health and Wellness Resources, Global Issues in Context, US History in Context, World History in Context, Literature Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Science Resources in Context.
Use the PowerSearch widget to search all of Gale's cross-searchable databases at one time.
Search all of the Virtual Reference Center electronic reference books.
Copyright Friendly Resources
Learn about Copyright and Fair Use
- Copyright Music Video - Video from the Media Education Lab at Temple University.
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education - Media Education Lab at Temple University
Find Copyright Friendly Images
- Smithsonian Institution's Photostream at Flickr
- Library of Congress Photostream at Flickr
- New York Times Public Domain Images
- Flickr Public Domain Images
- Flickr Free Use Images
- Flickr Creative Commons
- Flickr Storm - Select Advanced and then select an appropriate license.
- Creative Commons - Will search across several sources such as Google images, Flickr, etc. No guarantees that the images have Creative Commons licenses so you must check that for yourself.
- Morguefile - free photos
- NASA Images
- Teacher Tap - Public Domain, Copyright Free, Open Source and Student Use Images and Media.
- Pics For Learning
- Open Photo
EasyBib is a collaborative web-based platform that provides citation, note-taking, and research tools that are both user-friendly and comprehensive. EasyBib can help educators teach, and students learn, how to become effective and organized researchers.
For additional information consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (REF 808.027 MLA) available in the library media center. Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is another resource for information about research process.
- HPS Research
- American Association of School Libraries
- American Library Association
- Boston Athenaeum
- Boston Public Library
- Hopkinton Public Library
- Library Journal
- Library of Congress
- Massachusetts Center for the Book
- School Library Journal
- The New York Times Book Review
- Young Adult Library Services Association