Bishop Canevin High School


Father Leo Henry Library and Media Center

After our 2008 library renovation, the library was renamed for the school’s first headmaster, Father Leo Henry, who served at Bishop Canevin from 1959-61.

The mission of the school library is to ensure that all students are able to effectively access information through reading and research. Our goal is for students to become proficient in using a balance of both print and electronic resources. Teachers collaborate with the librarian to plan projects that teach research skills through the use of books, internet sources, and databases. The library also encourages students to read for pleasure by providing a wide variety of reading material and by offering the opportunity to participate in [BC]2 - the Bishop Canevin Book Club.

The library is located at the heart of the school in the middle of the second floor. Our technology resources include:

Library Staff

Library Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00AM-3:30PM
The library is closed during 6th Period.

Contact Information
Phone: 412-922-7400 Ext. 26
Librarian’s email:

Circulation Information

To enter the library during the school day, students must have a written pass from a teacher or proctor. All students must sign in when they arrive.
When using the library computers, students must abide by the schoo’sl Computer Network Terms and Conditions at all times. Students are not to play games or otherwise misuse the computer and Internet resources. Internet searches should be confined to academic topics during the school day.
No food or drink.
No cell phone use.

Library Wish List
Those interested in donating a book to honor an individual or commemorate a special event can access the Library Wish List under “Academic Resources” on the school’s homepage. Once a book has been chosen, please send the completed donation form with your check. The book will be purchased and a bookplate will be added. Please contact Mrs. Rakaczky at 412-922-7400 Ext. 26 or at with any questions.

Click here for the donation form

Click here for the 2012-13 Wish List






Books - Over 7,000 print volumes

Newspapers: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, New York Times

Periodicals: Back issues kept for up to 2 years

Access PA Interlibrary Loan Service: Please see the librarian for information about this service.

Gale Virtual Reference Library:

These reference books in ebook format are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week from any computer with internet access. The ebooks may be searched individually or as a complete collection. They have been specifically chosen to assist with research projects assigned by BC teachers. See librarian for login information.

Access PA POWER Library Databases:

This collection of databases provides access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, photographs, and reference materials. The following databases are included:

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (ProQuest) - offers full-text titles covering business topics

AP Images (Associated Press) - includes more than 500,000 current and historical photographs

Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO) - contains complete automotive repair information


Career Library (EBSCO) - offers career guidance information in a centralized location

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO ) - covers all areas of health and wellness

Contemporary Authors (Gale) - a guide to current writers


eBooks on EBSCOhost - full-text searchable ebooks available online

GreenFILE (EBSCO ) - covers all aspects of human impact on the environment

InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale)- full-text newspaper resource

OmniFile Mega (HW Wilson) - multi-disciplinary full-text database

OmniFile Select (HW Wilson) - 100% full-text multidisciplinary database

Readers’ Guide Select (HW Wilson) - covers 200 popular general-interest periodicals

SIRS Discoverer (ProQuest) - includes full-text articles and images from over 1,600 sources

Science Full Text Select (HW Wilson) - 100% full-text database covering the sciences

Teacher Reference Center (EBSCO Publishing) - index of teacher and administrator trade journals

These databases may be accessed from the school computers by clicking on the POWER Library icon or typing “POWER Library” into the search box for “All Programs.”
The POWER Library databases may also be accessed through any Pennsylvania public library’s homepage. Type in your public library card barcode number at the prompt.

eBooks on EBSCOhost:
Through our affiliation with Access PA, our library has access to over 3,000 e-books through "eBooks on EBSCHhost." These digital versions of books include fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of subjects. The books are full-text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online formats.
To access the collection from home, students must create an account from a school computer.

Permanent Collections:
Picturing America
Awarded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this collection features twenty double-sided laminated posters depicting forty works of American art. The artworks are accompanied by a resource book and a project-based website. The goal of “Picturing America” is to promote the teaching, study and understanding of American art and history. Two posters are featured in the library every month.

“We the People” Bookshelf
Awarded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this collection of books explores the theme of “A More Perfect Union” in honor of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Bonus material includes a DVD edition of “The Civil War,” the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns. The collection is part of the NEH’s efforts to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.


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2700 Morange Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412-922-7400 | Fax: 412-922-7403
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