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Syracuse Students using the Library
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How to Visit the Library 

Lunch (24 Students Per Lunch)

Eating lunch in the cafeteria first?
Please see Ms. Carnegie before 10 AM to sign up for an orange pass. You will use this pass when you exit the cafeteria to come up to the library. No food or drink allowed in library.

Not going to the cafeteria?
You may report to the library at the beginning of your lunch. We will ask for your last name or ID when you arrive to verify it is your lunch. Please remember that food and drink are not allowed

Study Halls

Students who wish to visit the library during their study hall must obtain a pass from their study hall teacher. Please present your pass and student ID when checking in.



The Nottingham Library is a beautiful learning hub that belongs to all in the bulldog community. We have over 10,000 books in our physical collection, a large collection of eBooks and audiobooks available through Sora, and subscribe to a wide variety of magazines. Staff and students: these resources are here for you!

In the space, you'll find quiet work and reading zones and a community zone where collaboration, creativity, games, and quiet conversation are encouraged.

STAFF: Library Schedule

Books, eBooks, & Audiobooks

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Books may be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. Please have your student or staff ID with you when checking out materials. Have a suggestion for the library? Let us know!

eBooks and Audiobooks (Sora)Sora sample text

The first time you sign in, click 'Find my school' and look for 'Syracuse City School District.' Sign in using your District login information. This resource is for students AND teachers! eBooks and audiobooks will be checked out to you for 14 days and will automatically return on the 15th day. 

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The Syracuse City School District subscribes to a wide range or databases and online resources for all age levels. Browse through our resources below! 

Library History
News/ Journals
Library Biography

Social Studies


Books/ English/ Literacy
Library Science
ABC-CLIO LAUNCH Databases include: American Government, American History, Daily Life through History, Issues, Pop Culture Universe, African American Experience, American Indian Experience, Latino American Experience, United States Geography, World at War, World Geography, World History (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Era), World Religions, eBook Collection
Age Level: All Secondary Library Biography Library History    
Access World News (NewsBank) Search a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources.
Age Level: Secondary Library History        
America's Historical Newspapers (NewsBank) Research America’s history through news (1690-2000). Search by era or keyword.
Age Level: Secondary Library History      
Brain Pop ELL (Use Clever login) Comprehensive English language learning program that uses highly engaging animated movies to model conversational English while seamlessly introducing grammar concepts and vocabulary words. The movies are leveled, with each new movie and associated features building upon earlier ones, thereby reinforcing vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. The building block structure enables students to master the language in a step-by-step process, giving them the confidence they need to read, write, and speak English.
Age Level: All      
Brain Pop (Use Clever login) Engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities for science, social studies, English, math, technology, art and music. Lesson plans for teachers are available.
Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High School Library Science +More
Brintannica ImageQuest Find rights-cleared images (photos and graphics) for your project. Citation support included!
Age Level: All        
Britannica Fact-checked, free online encyclopedia.
Age Level: All Library Science    
Britannica Escolar Spanish language resource, intended for Spanish speaking students, those who are bi-lingual and those students learning Spanish. The database also contains a Spanish - English dictionaries.
Age Level: Intermediate Elementary        
Britannica High School Thousands of up to date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended websites.
Age Level: Secondary Library Biography Library Science
Britannica School General encyclopedia with articles, video, maps, photos and illustrations appropriate for school projects (includes Britannica School Elementary, Britannica School Middle and Britannica School High)
Age Level: All         
EBSCOhost eBook Collection 
Age Level:         
EBSCOhost ERIC Provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
Age Level: High School, Professional Library History      
EBSCOhost Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts Description
Age Level: Professional        
Gale Launch Access any of the Gale databases. Topics include: agriculture, business, culinary arts, biography, communications and mass media, computer science, criminal justice, diversity studies, economics, educator’s reference, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, fine arts, gardening, gender studies, home improvement, hospitality, insurance, leadership and management, literary index, information science, military and intelligence, news, nursing, physical therapy and sports medicine, opposing viewpoints, pop culture, popular magazines, psychology, U.S. history, vocations and careers, war and terrorism, world history, and the NY Times.
Age Level: All ages Library History Library Science
Library Biography+More
Gale NY Times Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985).
Age Level: All Secondary        
Contains: Articles
Gale Power Search Search all the Gale databases.
Age Level: All Ages Library History Library Science +More
History Reference Center Comprehensive full text history reference database that features more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also included are historical documents, biographies, historical photos and maps and historical video.
Age Level: All Secondary Library Biography  
History Reference eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) A research database covering topics in U.S. and world history containing full-text journals, magazines, reference books and primary source documents.
Age Level: All Secondary Library History      
Learn 360 (Use syrsls as username and password) Supports collaborative web-based learning through an interactive media-on-demand service to K-12 educators. Educators can search by subject area, grade level, media format, standards or various other criteria, then immediately stream media content, or download and save it. Content is correlated to the Common Core Learning Standards. Learn360 is dedicated to captivating and retaining the attention of students to improve the overall learning experience. The technology Learn360 provides enables teachers to address the unique learning styles of individual students through multimedia formats while fully incorporating differentiated learning into the curriculum.
Age Level: Elementary, Secondary Library Science +More
Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary Largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It includes richer definitions and more usage information than ever before. Definitions have been enhanced with over 100,000 new quotations from notable writers. Supplementary notes provide additional context, and usage paragraphs offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage. Dates of first known use are being added, and editorial style changes are being made throughout the dictionary to make entries more readable and easier to understand. A new addition is a blog, quizzes, Top Ten Lists and word popularity rankings to make browsing the dictionary even more enjoyable.
Age Level: All         
News For You Learn to read, write and speak English through easy-to-read news stories.
Age Level: Secondary      
Pebble Go Search, learn, and explore in a safe, kid-friendly environment. Topics include animals, science, biographies, social studies, and health
Age Level: Elementary Library Science Library Biography  
PowerKnowledge: Earth and Space Science Articles, games, videos, images, and audio to help learners see science in context, and in action.
Age Level: Intermediate, Middle Library Science      
PowerKnowledge: Life Science Articles, games, videos, images, and audio to help learners see science in context, and in action.
Age Level: Intermediate, Middle Library Science      
PowerKnowledge: Physical Science Articles, games, videos, images, and audio to help learners see science in context, and in action.
Age Level: Intermediate, Middle Library Science      
ProQuest CultureGrams Launch Reference resources to foster understanding and appreciation of the world's countries and peoples. Resources include World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition, and Provinces Edition.
Age Level: All       
Scholastic BookFlix Literacy resource pairing videos with storybooks to reinforce reading skills and introduce children to a variety of topics!
Age Level: Elementary      
Scholastic FreedomFlix Videos, ebooks, articles, primary sources, and more to engage students in over 70 social studies topics.
Age Level: Intermediate Elementary, Secondary      
Scholastic ScienceFlix Interactive activities, videos, texts and more to engage students in science, technology and engineering topics.
Age Level:  Library Science      
Scholastic TrueFlix Supplement science and social studies curriculum with ebooks, videos, lessons, and more.
Age Level: Elementary, Secondary Library Science    
Syracuse Post-Standard Access articles from the Post-Standard from 1986 to current. Images of the Post-Standard available from 2019 to current. 
Age Level: Secondary        
Teacher Reference Center (EBSCOhost) 
Age Level: Professional Library History        
TeachingBooks Multimedia database that provides teachers and students with in-depth information on authors, illustrators, books, and book related awards and lists. User can either browse or use search criteria including Common Core resources by grade level, Lexile levels, subject area, grade level, award lists, or search specific author or book title. Some of the information includes links to author websites, audio name pronunciation, book readings, related blogs, text complexity information, videos about author/book, pictures, author interviews, book guides, lesson plans, book trailers, and more.
Age Level: Intermediate Elementary, Secondary       
Tumble Book Library (Use syrsls as username and password) Collection of eBooks, storybooks, read-along chapter books, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, and educational videos. Storybooks are presented on Tumblepad with animation, and read-along feature can be turned on or off.  Titles are indexed by type and also under the Common Core Portal by grade level.  Reader may also select to have many of the titles read in French or Spanish. 
Age Level: Elementary      
Vital New York Public service of New York’s Public Television Stations (PBS).  It provides instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, standards-based digital resources.
Age Level: Professional        
World Book Launch (Use syrsls as username and password) Timelines, ebooks, early learning resources, multimedia, and reference materials for all ages.
Age Level: All      


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Knowing how to cite your work properly will allow you to avoid plagiarism and provide credit to the sources you're using in your work. Check out Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for a variety of useful resources on plagiarism, citations, and research. The Syracuse City School District subscribes to a wonderful tool called NoodleTools (accessed via Clever login) which makes using and citing sources for research a breeze. Details below!


Manage projects, organize sources, take notes, cite your work, collaborate, and share with instructors!

NoodleTools (accessed via Clever login) is a widely used tool that supports the research process with a platform of integrated tools for: note-taking, outlining, creating citations and annotations, document archiving, annotation, collaborative research and writing. 

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New York Public Library

Any New York resident age 13 and older can get a digital library card and gain access to an array of digital resources!

Onondaga County Public Library
Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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