Library and Information Services

The Library Services website is where you can search the library catalog for both Power and Beaton Libraries, research topics, access subscription databases, practice for the ACT, SAT, and AP tests, choose leisure reading, and much much more.

Power Library Links (PYC through Form V)
Beaton Library Links (Form VI through Form XII)
Parenting Resources


  • Alison Killing: There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

    03/30/2015 10:56 AM

    In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen -- cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.

  • Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

    03/27/2015 11:10 AM

    Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

  • Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

    03/26/2015 11:13 AM

    Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.



Linda Swarlis, Ph.D.
Director, Information Services and Libraries

Beth Abramovitz 
Middle School Librarian, Middle School Publication Advisor
Martha Shaw
Lower School Librarian
Debbie Yoho
Library Assistant

The Catherine Hamilton Power Library (PYC-Form V) and the Eleanor Kurtz Beaton Library (Forms VI – XII) welcome all students, faculty, and staff during the school year for instruction, research, study, and leisure reading. Click here to read our Library Philosophy.

There have been more than 70 studies on the impact of school library programs on academic achievement. The findings have been consistent. An excellent library program correlates with a 10 to 20 percent increase in standardized test scores when compared to schools without this strong educational component.

  • Quality print, digital, and technology resources support and enrich the curriculum.
  • Carefully selected  collections help students to become lifelong readers for information and enjoyment.
  • State of the art technology is incorporated into the learning/teaching process. CSG works with area libraries: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Bexley Library, Ohioana Library.
  • The professionally trained and credentialed librarians plan and team teach with faculty at all division levels. The librarians teach information literacy skills and provide individual assistance to students.
  • Dedicated support staff enables the professional librarians to collaborate with teachers, and to participate in school-wide committee meetings and projects.
  • Technology is an essential part of a successful library program. Information resources, including licensed databases, are available throughout the school via networked computers and wireless access points. Going beyond the walls of the physical library, all digital resources can be accessed wherever there is an Internet connection, on and off campus.
  • The librarians provide professional development and in-service training for teachers on integrating information literacy into the curriculum, and getting the most out of technology.


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