Academics

Libraries

Overview of Viewpoint School's Libraries

Viewpoint School’s libraries provide welcoming, vibrant learning environments that nurture passion for inquiry, inspire creative and critical thinking, and instruct and support teachers and students in the effective and ethical use of information and ideas.
 
The library collections consist of fiction, nonfiction, reference, audiovisual, and professional teaching resource materials. The libraries also subscribe to online academic databases, daily newspapers, and periodicals in print form.
 
Viewpoint School is an active member of ISLE (Independent School Library Exchange), a consortium of Southern California independent school libraries, as well as the American Library Association, and the Association of Independent School Librarians.


Benjamin Franklin Library for Grades K - 5

Overview of Viewpoint School's Libraries
 
Viewpoint School’s libraries provide welcoming, vibrant learning environments that nurture passion for inquiry, inspire creative and critical thinking, and instruct and support teachers and students in the effective and ethical use of information and ideas.
 
The library collections consist of fiction, nonfiction, reference, audiovisual, and professional teaching resource materials. The libraries also subscribe to online academic databases, daily newspapers, and periodicals in print form.
 
Viewpoint School is an active member of ISLE (Independent School Library Exchange), a consortium of Southern California independent school libraries, as well as the American Library Association, and the Association of Independent School Librarians.
 
Benjamin Franklin Library for Grades Kindergarten through Five
 
The Primary and Lower School Library offers regularly scheduled classes in Kindergarten through Fourth Grades. Fifth Grade is invited to use the library at any time. The classes are designed to foster a love of literacy. Students develop independent library and critical-thinking skills while utilizing a curriculum that integrates with classroom units. Librarians support research projects through carefully selected online databases and outstanding non-fiction. Browsing and independent reading are encouraged, and students may visit the library during breaks and at lunchtime. Our collection of more than 10,000 books is diverse, current, and carefully curated to enhance our children’s reading enjoyment. The library is designed to maximize each student’s reading and research experience, with casual seating areas and workspaces in a technologically rich environment.
 
Students are free to come to the Library during lunch or recess with teacher permission when no library classes are in session.

Fletcher Family Library for Grades 6 - 12

Viewpoint’s Fletcher Family Library opened in September 2009 with more than 5,000 square feet of space for reading, research, and group study. This expertly crafted resource center was designed by our architects with recommendations from a library consultant and school administrators, librarians, faculty, and trustees to address the needs of Viewpoint’s students in the 21st century.
 
The Fletcher Family Library provides access to books, periodicals, and reference materials, as well as 42 digital workstations. Three group study rooms facilitate collaborative and independent research and study.
 
Fletcher Family Library hours:
  • Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Students are welcome to visit the Library before school, during free periods and lunch, and after school.
 
Resources Available in Viewpoint’s Libraries
  • More than 21,000 books in the School's combined print collections; over 750 videos and DVDs
  • Print subscriptions for 40 popular and academic periodicals
  • Online access to the library’s automated catalog via Destiny
  • Subscriptions to over 20 online databases, which can be accessed on and off campus (Please see the online databases link for more information.)
  • The Sally Jordan Center for Shakespearean Studies (audiovisual and print collection)
  • Local history collection