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 4 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 or beverages are permitted in the library, including during lunch. The only exception is water in a sealable container.

We look forward to serving our students with their curriculum needs. It is recommended that all students join the Library's Schoology Page: V2FK-PCBH-J73N9, for more information about the library, its resources, and help with school assignments.

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  • Click here for an informational brochure about the library
  • Library Covid-19 Procedures can be viewed by clicking  here 
  • It's time to Read Woke! As part of the districtwide Mattering Campaign, our high school students are being challenged to read more diverse books. Click  here  to learn more!
  • The NHS Library Book Club meets once per month. New members are always welcome! For more information, see the Library Schoology Page or contact Ms. Birro!
  • The NHS Chess Club meets every Thursday after school in the GLC. Contact Mr. Freuman for more information!
  • 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 following these instructions


Ms. Amanda Birro, MLS

Library Media Specialist


 Ms. Bernice Culpepper

Library Clerk Typist



(845) 353-7142


Monday - Friday

7:15 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. 

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!

Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading is due by the last week of September.  It is NOT due the first day of school.  Students will get credit for reading two books, extra-credit for joining the public library programs and participating. If students complete it, they get full credit; if they don’t, they get exempt. Please visit the Nyack Library or Valley Cottage Library in-person or online for more details about their Summer Reading Programs. Additional resources can also be found on the NHS Library Schoology Page.

Summer Reading Letter from the English Department

Summer Reading Suggestions from the Public Teen Librarians

Public Library Summer Reading Registration

Summer Reading Suggestions from NHS Librarian, Ms. Birro



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 get it from another library! Just ask the librarian!

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.

  • View the Reading for a Reason website here.
  • Click  here  to view the results for 2020-2021!


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. 

eBooks and Audiobooks

The Sora app, by OverDrive, was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading. Sora uses your school credentials to authenticate students and faculty. Whether you’re reading for class or for fun, Sora’s eBook reader makes it easy! Ask the librarian if you have any questions.

eBook Database

Infobase Secondary eBook Collection


The collection includes a wide range of subjects—from ancient history and biographies, to mathematics, animals, nature, and more with access to more than 5,200 acclaimed eBooks from the award-winning Facts On File, Chelsea House, Ferguson’s, and Bloom’s imprints. These eBooks are unlimited, simultaneous use.

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

NY Online Virtual Electronic Library


Database provided by the New York State Library


The DPLA 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.  

Wall Street Journal

 You must be within the school building in order to have access to our Wall Street Journal subscription.

New York Times

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