Media Center

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media center


The Media Center acts as the information hub of High School North. Here students will find a multitude of resources to aid in their research. The High School North Media Center provides materials in a wide variety of media including:books, periodicals, newspapers,
 videotapes, laser discs, compact discs, DVDs, microfilm and microfiche, as well as On-Line 


Hours:   7:35 AM - 4:00 PM


Mr. Michael Courtney (Media Specialist)

Front Desk

The Media Center is open throughout the day.  Students may obtain passes in the lower dining study hall to come to the library during their study halls.  Each study hall period will be allotted a particular number of students. (This number will vary due to class research in the Media Center).  Students may also visit the Media Center during lunch. The Media Center is open for individual research and group study after school until 3:55 pm. 
Rules and Procedures
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Media Center Passes and Sign In

  • All students wishing to use the Media Center during their study hall should report first to their study hall and secure a pass from the lower dining study hall supervisor. 
  • Upon entering the Media Center, students must sign and turn in their Media Center pass.
  • Please pay special attention to the White Board/Easel outside the Media Center for any closed periods due to classes.
  • Some computers may be reserved for classes during some study hall periods; choose computers that don't have a reserved sign.

Media Center Rules

The Media Center at High School North provides a relaxing environment for independent study and electronic research.

  1. The Media Center is to be maintained as an orderly academic area for quiet individual work.
  2. All students using the Media Center are expected to follow and respect school rules and the rights of their fellow students.
  3. Students arriving from study hall must have a Media Center pass which must be presented at the circulation desk.
  4. Food and drink are not permitted in the Media Center.
  5. Students who cannot abide by the above rules will be asked to leave the Media Center. A repeated warning will result in the loss of Media Center privileges.

Computer Lab                                                                               

Computer Lab

There are numerous computers available in the Media Center. Our lab area is equipped with 25 state of the art computers. In addition, there is a computer station with four additional computers. On-Line catalog stations are located near the book collection. All computers within the Media Center are networked to two laser printers located at the circulation desk. The computer databases and printers are provided to aid in legitimate school related research and projects. Downloads and the installation of software are not allowed.

Library Materials and Equipment                                           (return to top)

Available Materials and Loan Period                                        

Books Two week borrowing period
Reference Some items overnight
Audio Books Two weeks
CD Rom Overnight
Video Tapes Within media center or overnight with teacher note
Art Prints Overnight
Magazines One Week
Please see Mr. Courtney  if you have any questions or concerns.

Copy Machine

A copy machine equipped with a coin box is available for student use. This machine can both increase and decrease document size. The cost of copies is $.10 per side per sheet.  The copier will make change for a a quarter or a dollar bill.  Please see a member of the media staff if you need assistance.


The Media Center has a variety of archived periodicals in microfiche as well as several primary source reference databases available in microform. There are two microfiche reader/printers and several microfiche readers available for student use. Please see a member of the media staff for assistance in using these readers or requesting microforms.

Microform Databases - New York Times Current Events 1979-1997

Provides New York Times newspaper articles on major current event topics for each year beginning with 1979.

School Microform Collection

Provides primary source newspaper articles on most major historical events dating back to 1864 and the US Civil War.

Documentary Sources of Western Civilization

Provides over 1000 primary and secondary source materials for the study of western history.

The Greats - Great Events provides primary source documentation of major events in history.

Great Supreme Court Decisions: Includes news stories, editorials, columns and often the actual decisions written by the Supreme Court justices.

Great Personalities: Provides biographies of notable people as reported in the New York Times.


Students are encouraged to incorporate a variety of media in their research and projects.  Therefore, the Media Center is equipped to provide students individual workstations to work with such media.  (Students should see a member of the media staff to request and schedule such equipment.)

Available Equipment

Cassette Recorders Video Camcorder
CD Boom boxes Slide Projector
Overhead Projectors Digital Cameras
Laserdisc Players Slide Projector
Video Cassette Recorders Scanner
LCD Projectors Filmstrip Projectors

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