Welcome to the Nyack High School Global Learning Commons

Library   Biblioteca   圖書館  գրադարան   bibliothèque   perpustakaan  

ライブラリ  thư viện   도서관  ห้องสมุด    fale faitautusi   knjižnica  

библиотека   könyvtár   knihovna   taman pustaka   maktabadda    مكتبة

The library has print materials, non-print materials, electronic resources and more available for all students. Students may use the library during their study hall, lunch or cafe option period. Students who wish to use the library during study hall must report to study hall first, have attendance taken and get a pass from their study hall teacher. Only 2 students per study hall may receive a pass to the library. These students must remain in the library until the end of the period. During “option” periods, students must remain in the library for the entire period. Students who wish to come to the library at any other time during the school day must have a pass from a teacher or administrator. Students should be engaged in something productive, working independently or in small groups, doing classwork or homework, reading or studying.

No food is permitted in the library, including during lunch time. Drinks in covered containers are okay.

We look forward to serving our students with their curriculum needs. It is recommended that all students join the Library's Schoology Page (ask for the Access Code) for more information about the library, its resources, and help with school assignments.

  Follow the library on Instagram for the most recent updates and announcements! @NyackHSLibrary


  • Click here for an informational brochure about the library!
  • The NHS Library Book Club meets once per month in the GLC. New members are always welcome! For more information, see the Library Schoology Page or contact Ms. Birro!
  • The NHS Games Club meets every Thursday after school in the GLC. Contact Mr. Coon for more information!
  • Students who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability, may be eligible to receive free services from The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL).
  • If you are an NHS student who is looking for a peer tutor to help you, please contact one of the honor society advisors to see about being paired up with a tutor.
  • Click here for instructions on how to log into school computers and learning platforms (i.e. Schoology)
  • Tech Trouble? Fill out a Help Desk Ticket by clicking here.


Ms. Amanda Birro, MLS

Library Media Specialist

(845) 353-7100 X 7705



Library Clerk Typist

(845) 353-7100 X 7706




Monday - Friday

7:30 AM - 3:15 PM



Hello! I am Ms. Birro, the Library Media Specialist at Nyack High School. I look forward to helping students find the resources they need to accomplish both academic and personal tasks. One of my goals is to have the Global Learning Commons (Library) support each student so they may achieve their maximum potential as 21st century learners.  I aspire to create a welcoming environment for all while following the  American Library Association's Bill of Rights as it pertains to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Borrowing Items

With the exception of reference books, textbooks and magazines, students may check out up to three books for a period of two weeks. All books may be renewed unless requested by another student or teacher.  eBooks and digital audiobooks are available 24/7 on Sora.

Overdue Books/Lost or Missing Items

Notice of an overdue book is first sent to the student. Students should ask to renew the book if they need more time with it or return it immediately. If a book or other item that is property of the library is lost or damaged, the library will send an email or letter home. Students/Parents/Guardians  have the option to replace the item with a new one directly to the library or a check can be made out to Nyack Public Schools for the cost of the item so that it may be replaced. Students/Parents/Guardians should contact the librarian with any questions.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with you all!

Reading for a Reason

Ms. Birro, with the help of Ms. Moldovan and the National English Honor Society, is proud to present the Reading for a Reason fundraiser in memory of Ms. Williams. All members of the Nyack School community are invited to participate!

For more details and information, view the Reading for a Reason website here

  • Click  here   to view the results for 2022-2023!
  • Click  here  to view the results for 2021-2022!
  • Click  here  to view the results for 2020-2021!




OPen-source Automated Library System

A library catalog is a register of all items found in a library. Check out OPALS to see what we have at NHS!

Public Libraries

 Nyack Public Library

Valley Cottage Public Library

Ramapo Catskill Library System

Click Here to apply for a Nyack Public Library Card

Click Here to apply for a Valley Cottage Public Library Card

*All NYS residents over the age of 13 can get a library card from NYPL. Click Here to apply for a card*


ILL stands for Interlibrary Loan. This is the process for borrowing books between libraries. Librarians can request items for students or teachers that they may not have in their own library.

COSER is an acronym for COoperative SERvice and is a regional educational support program housed at a BOCES in New York State. This allows participating schools to purchase books with state funds.  These books are housed at each library and are available to all schools through interlibrary loan. Books are strictly non-fiction and each school is assigned a range of Dewey Decimal numbers they can order books from.  This avoids all schools purchasing the same items.

 If we don’t have a book here, we can try to get it from another library! Just ask the librarian!

Summer Reading 2023

The purpose of summer reading is primarily to enjoy the activity of reading, while also maintaining comprehension skills, fluency, and stamina during the summer months.  We strongly encourage our students to read as many books as possible over the summer, but all students entering grades 9 through 12 should read at least two books (chosen by the student).  Students entering AP or RCC level courses must read the required texts/assignments. Please click the links below to view the requirements for NHS:

To sign up online for the public library Teen Summer Reading Program, please click here. Teens can earn some great prizes for reading over the summer! The more you read, the more chances to win! Visit the Nyack or Valley Cottage Library to learn more, get reading recommendations, or take part in free programs and events all summer long!

Looking for book recommendations? Check out this Padlet with suggestions from NHS students and staff!

Cite Your Sources


A subscription-based website that assists users step by step to create a bibliography in MLA (Nyack District required), APA or Chicago format. Each student must create a username and password to use. Contact the librarian with any questions.

Avoid Plagiarism



A plagiarism prevention tool for both student and faculty use. Students must create a username and password. Contact the librarian with any questions.

Research Database


Gale databases

Includes over 40 databases, many funded by NOVEL, New York State Library. The two databases funded by the Nyack School District are Student Resources in Context and Science in Context. Click "all cross-searchable products" and click "select all" then enter your key words in the search bar.

To Use From Home: See the Library Schoology Page for Remote Access ID and PW

Research Database


Ebsco Databases

Includes the database  Advanced Placement Source among others. Click on Ebsco Host Web then click "select all" and click "continue".

To Use From Home: See the Library Schoology Page for Remote Access ID and PW

Research Database

Worldbook Encyclopedia

An online encyclopedia, it also includes eBooks, periodical articles, timelines, activities for students and website links.

To Use From Home: See the Library Schoology Page for Remote Access ID and PW



24/7 Research Databases

 Supported by the Rockland BOCES School Library System

An assortment of research databases such as Britannica, Encyclopedia of the Earth, and How Stuff Works. 

New York Times

You must be within the school building in order to have access to our New York Times subscription.

Book Database

TeachingBooks assists teachers, parents, and librarians with finding multimedia resources, lesson plans, and links to extend curriculum in the classroom around books. The database features a huge number of fiction and nonfiction books and associated resources, with a heavy focus on materials useful for author studies and introductory lessons. TeachingBooks is provided by the Rockland BOCES School Library System.

NY Heritage Digital Collections


New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State.


The Digital Public Library of America offers photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents,ebooks and  more,  free and available in digital format. It offers primary source sets which include teaching resources. To explore the eBook content, from the main page select the tab "DPLA PRO" and then scroll down to eBooks.  You can browse the open book shelf.  







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