The goal of the Roland Park Country School libraries is to provide students with the necessary skills and resources they need to become life-long learners and readers. The libraries serve all students and faculty by providing an organized collection of materials, technologies and equipment as well as instruction in their use. The libraries are dedicated to the continued development of a collection which is culturally diverse in its approach and which augments the school’s rigorous academic program.
Renovated in 2015 to reflect the learning commons model and promote collaborative learning, the Faissler Library serves the middle and upper school. The RPCS Online Library Network contains electronic access to forty-seven online products that include fifty-nine separate databases. The Roland Park Country School eLibrary provides eBooks through the Overdrive system which allows one to download eBooks and audiobooks to the device of their choice. Both the RPCS Online Library Network and Overdrive offer 24/7 access to their products. The Faissler Library seeks to engage our students in the love of reading through author visits, book clubs, and programs such as the Battle of the Books. The Faissler Library is also home to the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center.
The Killebrew Library serves the Lower School and Preschool. Through structured library classes and collaboration amongst faculty, the Killebrew Library promotes the necessary skills and foundations needed to become an adept researcher. The library houses a collection of over 11,000 volumes, including the Louise Jose Mythology Collection, and numerous periodicals and databases geared toward younger readers. The lower school innovation space is situated within the library’s physical space which provides many opportunities for collaboration and exploration.
Media Selection Policy:
- To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into account the various abilities, interests and maturity levels of the student
- To provide diverse information and materials
- To provide materials that will encourage development of factual knowledge, appreciation of literature, and moral and ethnic standards
- To provide information which will enable students to make intelligent judgements in their everyday lives and that increase a student’s understanding of her own emotional or personal growth
- To provide materials which present opposing sides of controversial issues in order that students may learn to recognize different points of view
- To provide materials which will encourage pleasure reading and growth
Books and other materials are selected in various ways which include: book reviews, book selection lists, bibliographies, and student, faculty or parent suggestions. The collection is examined and weeded on a routine basis for currency and relevance. Books found to be valuable that are lost or worn out are replaced when possible. In general, text books or large numbers of the same title are not purchased. The final responsibility for the selection of materials lies with the Director of Libraries.