The Library, located in Room 262, has a large collection of books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and online resources that can be accessed from the library website and from home. There are study tables and carrels for quiet study as well as a computer lab for research purposes. Students also have access to a photocopier. Individually and in classes, students receive instruction in research and information skills and assistance with selecting reading material. Our goal is to pass on an appreciation for genres of literature and to develop in our students the love of reading.

Central Gallery and Archives

Both the Central Gallery and Archives are located in the library. The primary direction of the Central Gallery is to provide an environment to showcase the creative works of students and staff in the art and technological programs. The purpose of the Archives is to preserve and display the institutional and historical memories and experiences of Central Technical School.

The Archives will re-open September 2009.

Mission Statement

Central Technical School Libary & Information Centre is committed to facilitating the development of information literacy and research skills and to pass on an appreciation for all genre of literature and the love of reading.

The library is central to implementing, enriching and supporting the teaching and learning program of our school. We are proactive in developing information literate students and in supporting the literacy initiatives and the reading programs of our school.

The library empowers students to be independent learners throughout their lives, ensuring that they are effective users of ideas and information.

The library collaborates with teachers in the implementation of the curriculum as well as designing learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

The library provides a wide range of relevant resources and technologies to satisfy the varied curriculum and recreational needs of its users. Teachers and students input in the development of our collection and library resources is always welcome.

The library promotes a reading culture and provides opportunities for our students to engage in educational activities outside the school. We do this by working in partnership with our local Toronto Public Library branches and other organizations and by promoting their programs to our students.

The library creates a welcoming environment that is safe, nurturing and positive. The library is staffed by professional teacher-librarians.

Library Hours

8:30AM – 3:45PM Monday – Friday
note: open during lunch

• For special events please see Ms. Dion regarding extending library hours.

No bottled water, food or drink.
Please treat our books & library resources with care and respect.

Borrowing Policies

All students must show their I.D. card or timetable in order to take materials out of the Library.

Do not lend your I.D. card to your friends, as you will be held responsible if the item borrowed is missing.

We limit the number of books on popular topics such as graphic novels to no more than 2 at a time.

Loans: maximum of 6 books
Item Period
Books 3 weeks
Magazines 4 days
Videos/DVDs overnight (students only)
7 days (staff only)
Reference (do not circulate)

Renewals: Books can be renewed only once. You must bring the book with you in order to renew it!

Fines: Students are required to pay the full cost of books that are lost, missing or damaged.

Overdues: Unfortunately anyone with overdue materials will not be permitted to borrow other materials until that item is returned.

Photocopies: 10 cents a page.

Students on spares: Students using the library independently must show a valid timetable and sign in at the circulation desk.

Library Seating Arrangements: 4 students per round table.

Study Carrels: for quiet individual study.

Library Resources:

Central Technical School Library and Information Services offers access to a wide range of resources including:

Library Catalogue and Website:
Students can access the library catalogue on any Library computer by clicking the Internet Explorer icon. You can search the catalogue indexes by author, title, keyword or subject. Students can also access online quality databases from our Library website.

Non-fiction/Factual Information:
Our non-fiction collection is organized using the Dewey Decimal classification system.

Novels and short stories are shelved alphabetically by author on the regular shelves. Look for the first three letters of the author’s last name in the call number. If you are looking for a specific genre (mystery, romance and so on) check the spinners.

Encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries and other reference sources are marked with an R on the spine. They are also organized using the Dewey system. They are on separate shelves from the regular collection.

The library has videotapes and DVDs which are shelved in the A-V room (by Dewey Decimal number). Videos can be watched in the A-V room or borrowed overnight and returned at 8:30 am the next day with the permission of the classroom teacher.

Computer Library Use Policies:

The Library Computers are to be used strictly for research purposes

Accessing Computers

Printing: Each student is assigned a special printing account. To be used strictly for school purposes and assignments and not for personal correspondence.

E-mail: restricted to sending or picking up your assignment.

Note: No personal e-mail, chatting or games allowed.

Code of Acceptable Computer Use In The Central Technical School Library

By logging in you are agreeing to the following:

  1. During class time the Internet is to be used for research purposes only: Students wishing to do school-related research have preference in using Internet computers.
  2. Classes who have booked the Library Computer Lab have preference in using the computers over students on spares. “Reserved” sings are an indication to all students that computers are reserved for a class.
  3. Students will not play games, join chat groups, use chat lines, or waste time surfing entertainmenmt sites in particular Youtube, Facebook, Myspace or any other social networking websites..
  4. Students will not actively seek out materials that are against Toronto District School Board Policy (including racist, sexist, pornographic, homophobic or violent materials).
  5. Please turn off your audio players, cell telephones, walkmans or other electronic devices when entering the library. Be respectful of other students rights to a quiet study environment
  6. Vandalism of computer hardware, unauthorized use of any operating systems, adjusting computer settings and/or chanigng program preferences is not permitted.
  7. Email is to be used strictly for sending or picking up your school assignment(s). We prefer that students not use floppy disks.
  8. Students will consider the authority of any materials obtained online, and will properly cite these materials in assignments.*
  9. Students will immediately report to a teacher-librarian the accidental discovery of any items mentioned in #4 (above).
  10. No food or drinks allowed in the library or near computers.

*The consequence for abuse of this code is loss of internet privileges