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McMahon Library / Media Center

McMahon Library / Media Center

The McMahon Library / Media Center is designed to serve the academic, spiritual, and social philosophy of the school in support of students and faculty. The collections of appropriate materials and equipment facilitate student performance and success in a college preparatory environment. The Head Librarian, in cooperation with faculty, instructs students in the use of the Media Center and methods of research.

Students are allowed to use any of the materials housed in the Media Center. At the present time our growing book collection totals over 13,000 volumes. Students may borrow general collection monographs for a period of two weeks. Reference books may be borrowed overnight at the discretion of library staff.

The videocassette collection of over 1100 tapes and the DVD collection of nearly 400 disks are available to students for viewing in the Media Center. All of the videocassettes and DVDs are selected by faculty and are purchased to support the curriculum. Students may use these materials in the library or the classroom to support of their research projects. Select copies of newspaper and journal titles are displayed for students and faculty use in the Media Center. Back issues of some titles are also available on the shelves. Many more journal titles and newspapers are available electronically via ProQuest and EBSCOhost.

The DeMatha Library provides local and remote electronic research database access. Please see the staff of the Media Center for further access information. Students will find dozens of academic databases and research tools within each service. Two primarily useful resources are listed below.

Research Database Resources


ProQuest offers over 2,000 titles, from 1971 to the present, for general reference to advanced subject matter. The database features comprehensive coverage from more than 1,300 full-text scholarly journals and magazines. Premium full-text coverage of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal is included, plus an additional collection of nearly 70 international, national and regional newspapers.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • SIRS Researcher
  • Biology Journals


EBSCOhost contains a number of subscription databases which provide access to newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals and trade publications. Databases cover multiple subjects and academic disciplines. Currently enrolled students have access both on campus and remotely.

  • Academic Search Premier
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition

Media Services

To provide a Media Center conducive to curriculum-oriented research supported by a well-informed staff, eager to assist students and faculty in their educational needs is our major goal. As part of our goals we strive to provide selected materials that will develop good, lifelong reading habits with an appreciation of good literature. Through orientation classes and individual instruction, location and use of Media Center materials and equipment, we hope to teach the value of good research and good study habits.

The Media Center is open before, during and after school. Students may come to the center whenever they are free or with the permission of their teacher. The center can also be reserved for a teacher to bring an entire class to do a research project.