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Library and Media Center

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 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, databases, and apps. 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]Squared - the Bishop Canevin Book Club.


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

  • Student Computers

  • SmartBoard with Laptop and Sound System

  • Copier/Printer/Scanner

  • iPad Charging Station

Library Staff/Contact Information

Phone: 412.922.7400 ext. 225

Library Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Periods 1 - 5

Tuesday and Thursday: Period 4 - 3:30 p.m.

Circulation Information

  • Fiction/Non-Fiction: 2 weeks

  • Reference: Overnight

  • Fines: .10 per day for overdue books

  • Photocopies: .10 per page

  • Printer: .10 per page


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 school's Computer Network Terms and Conditions at all times. Students must also adhere to the school's iPad Acceptable Use policies. Students are not permitted to play games or otherwise misuse the computers, their iPads or internet resources.

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 at the link below. Once a book has been chosen, please print a donation form. Send the completed donation form with your check to the address listed on the form. The book will be purchased and a bookplate with the donor's name will be added. Please contact Mrs. Suzan Rakaczky at 412.922.7400 ext. 225 or with any questions.

Library Wish List 2017-18

Donation Form

List of Donations 2016-17

Library Resources

Library Services on PlusPortals: On the PlusPortals opening screen, find "School Links and Files." See "School Folder" listed to the right. On the drop down menu choose "Library." This section contains links to project resource guides, websites, and e-books.

Books: Over 7,000 print volumes

Periodicals: Back issues kept for 2 years

Gale Virtual Reference Library:

These reference e-books are available 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week from any computer with internet access. The e-books are specifically chosen to assist with research projects assigned by Bishop Canevin teachers.

Students can click on the GVRL icon below or visit the Library Plus Portals area to access these e-books. In addition, students can download the GVRL "Access My Library" app to use the e-books on their iPads. A password must be used when accessing the e-books outside the school building. Please see Mrs. Rakaczky for password information.



eBooks on EBSCOhost:

Through our affiliation with Access PA, our library has access to over 16,000 e-books. The digital books include fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of subjects. The e-books are full-text searchable and available for use in online format. These e-books can be accessed from the POWER Library link below.

Access PA POWER Library Databases:

This collection of databases provides access to thousands of full-text periodical and journal articles, newspapers, photographs, and reference materials.

These databases may be accessed in the school building by click on the POWER Library link below or by visiting the Library PlusPortals area.

The POWER Library databases may also be accessed outside of school by using an e-card number or public library card number. Type your e-card number or public library card barcode number at the prompt. See Mrs. Rakaczky for information on acquiring an e-card number or public library card.



The following databases are included in the POWER Library:

Academic Search Main Edition - multi-disciplinary full-text journals and magazines articles.

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

Business Source Main Edition (EBSCO) - contains full-text for nearly 2,200 magazines and journals covering all disciplines of business.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) - full-text database that provides content covering all areas of health and wellness.

Contemporary Authors (Gale) - a guide to information about current writers and their works.

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

High School Student Research (EBSCO) - reliable information on thousands of curriculum-based topics.

Master FILE Main Edition (EBSCO) - full-text for more than 1,350 general reference resources.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) - full text newspaper resource; also features television and radio transcripts.

Science Reference Center - Provides full-text of hundreds of science reference sources and includes images.

SIRS Discoverer (ProQuest) - includes full-text articles and images from over 1,900 sources.

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

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 fourty 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. See the Library Services Edline page for more information about the artwork.

"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 a part of the NEH's efforts to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.