Library Media Center

Library Media Center


Monday to Thursday 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

***Closed second lunch wave***

About Us

Media Center Guidelines

The Library Media Center offers a full range of information resources and services that support the curriculum and the mission and goals of the school. We encourage reading, viewing and listening in a climate conducive to learning. 

A pass from your teacher is needed to come to the Media Center during class or you may sign out of your study period to come to the Media Center for quiet study. A maximum of five students per study hall is allowed.

Checking Out Books

You may borrow and renew as many books or magazines as needed, as long as they are not reserved or on hold for another patron. Materials are lent for three weeks at a time. Bring your selection to the front desk to be checked out.

Overdue and Lost Items

You are expected to be responsible for all borrowed materials as if they were your own. Overdue notices will be handed out periodically to remind students of late items. There are no overdue fines however, students are responsible for the replacement cost of lost books.

Destiny Catalog

Destiny Catalogue is a search engine designed to engage students by helping them easily locate appropriate library materials that meet their classroom needs and personal interests. Please visit Follett Destiny Library Catalog  to go to the Destiny Catalog. The Destiny Catalog will be available to you on and off campus.

Library Media Specialist

Mrs. Amy Reilly

School Line: (203) 736-5032; ext. 2373

Twitter: @DerbyHS_Library

Online Resources

Google Classroom Codes

Need to join one of your classes to find the assignment your teacher posted?  Check out the link to find an up-to-date list of DHS teachers' Google Classroom codes.  Don't see your teacher?  Tell them to send it to Mrs. Reilly right away!

Open Library

An online virtual library.  Once you sign up for the free account you are able to "borrow" books to either read online or download onto a mobile device.

researchIT CT

Must use library card number to log in and use.  researchIT CT is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with your local library. Through researchIT CT, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. In addition, specialized research information is available to college students and faculty.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

The Salem Press Online

password: derbyredraiders 


Milestone Documents in American History

Milestone Documents of American Leaders

Milestone Documents in African American History

Milestone Documents in World History

Milestone Documents of World Religions 

Great Events from History Series

Great Events from the Ancient World Prehistory-476 CE

Great Events from the Middle Ages 477-1453

Great Events from Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600

Great Events from the 18th Century

Great Events from the 19th Century

Great Events from the 20th Century, 1941-1970

Great Events from GLBT History

Great Lives from History biographical resource  

Great Lives from the Ancient World

Great Lives from the Middle Ages

Great Lives from the Renaissance

Great Lives from the 17th Century

Great Lives from the 18th Century

Book Finder

Have you read a good book lately?

Please let me know! Stop by and see me or email me:

I'd love to pass along a good book to someone else.

A place to discover books in new and exciting ways. Read the first page without judging the cover.  If you're hooked, click the reveal button to find out more.

Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.



OneClickDigital Catalog System

Google Books

Project Gutenberg


Writing Resources

Thesis Statement

Introduction to MLA Presentation

Writing and/or Citation Guides

Sample Works Cited Page (from Mrs. Reilly)

MLA/Works Cited Guide (from EasyBib)

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (from OWL/Purdue University)

APA Formatting and Style Guide (from OWL/Purdue University)

MLA/APA/CMS Citation Style Comparison Chart (from OWL/Purdue University)

APA Sample Paper (including References) (from OWL/Purdue University)

APA Slideshow

MLA/APA Citation Engines


Knight Cite

Citation Machine

Citation Builder (from NCSU)

Looking for something to read?

Here are some of my recent favorites!

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


By Neal Shusterman

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. 

Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.