The Mary and James DiMeo Library


Through the CT Digital Library Program (researchIT CT, formerly iConn), the library has access to many Gale Gengage Learning databases needed for student research. The PowerSearch function searches 18 databases including Academic OneFile, as well the iConn Custom Newspaper databases, within one search field. Many national newspapers from 1985 – present are available.

The Mary and James DiMeo Library also subscribes to the following online databases and electronic resources, which can be accessed by students and faculty from any computer with the school login and password:

  • Britannica Academic is an accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty. Discover encyclopedia articles, full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools that make research easier and more productive.
  • ProQuest STEM is comprised of more than 500 scholarly journals and popular science magazines. These publications support research and instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math.  
  • JSTOR is a growing digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source objects. JSTOR is an online research and teaching platform that helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive.
  • Facts-on-File includes Bloom’s Literary Reference, Issues and Controversies and Today’s Science.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary The OED is the definitive record of the English language.
  • American National Biography
  • Grove/Oxford Music Online
  • Grove/Oxford Art Online
  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online
  • EBSCOhost e-books which includes encyclopedias such as Colonial America, The Gilded Age, The Jazz Age, Postwar America, American Folklore, American Social Movements and Social Issues in America.
  • Salem Literature, History, Mythology, Psychology & Behavior includes literary criticism; Literary Themes, Works and Surveys
  • The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (HBCP) contains over 700 tables in over 450 documents which may be divided into several pages, all categorized into 17 major subject areas.
    Handbook access: If you are using any device other than your school computer, please see Dr. Christophy or Ms. Hayes for the username.
    NOTE: when using databases and electronic resources you must be sure that you are spelling your search term correctly - the search field is not intuitive, you must spell the entire word correctly for the search field to recognize the request


Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The library is open daily before, during and after school for quiet study and research. Any changes to the hours will be posted on the media center doors.

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  • Circulation Policy

    Books may be borrowed for 10 school days. Periodicals may be borrowed for 5 school days. Current issues of periodicals may not be borrowed. The late fee for overdue books and periodicals is 10 cents per day.
  • Overview

    The Mary and James DiMeo Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Sacred Heart Academy. The librarians work in collaboration with faculty to ensure that information literacy instruction is incorporated into the curriculum at all grade levels and for all subjects.

    Information literacy programs are scheduled in the Judge Ellen Burns Library Study Center on the second floor of the library or in individual classrooms.
    The lower level of the library offers reference books, a periodical room and six iMacs with multi-media software including the Adobe CS Suite and Final Cut Pro.

    The upper level, renovated in 2008, accommodates 24-30 students with their laptops. There are separate outlets for recharging the laptops and one laser printer. One librarian is on duty on the second floor at all times.

    Along with an extensive print collection the library subscribes to a number of online databases and E-Reference books that can be accessed by students and faculty from any computer with the school login and password. Through the CT Digital Library Program (iConn), the library has access to many additional databases needed for student research.
  • History

    Prior to the construction of the Mary & James DiMeo Library wing in 1984, the SHA library was located where the Main Office is today. The library expansion was the first major addition to the original school building that had opened in 1957.
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