Nido's library program expands the learning experience beyond the wall of the classroom into the world. Our Learning Commons is a central hub for teaching, research, experimentation, practice, creating, working, learning, and play. In a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere, reading, discovery, imagination, and creativity come alive. Wonder and curiosity become central to personal, academic, social, and cultural growth. As research facility for the older students and a “curiosity and exploration lab” for the younger children, the libraries provide opportunities to develop inquiry-based skills and habits of the mind, which will enable students to continue their individual quests for learning throughout their lives.
Follett Destiny, the automated catalog/circulation system, is available online for locating library materials 24/7. We have approximately 35,000 printed books in circulation. In order to facilitate inquiry-based research, the library subscribes to multiple research databases, electronic book collections, electronic professional journals, print magazines, and online encyclopedias in both English and Spanish. A special digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources provides resources for on-campus use. Nido’s librarians coordinate with faculty to assist students with research projects, as well as helping students gain the skills they need to become independent researchers at Nido, at university, in their careers, and in any other areas of their lives where a systematic, thoughtful, inquiry-based approach, grounded in high-quality scholarship, is required.
|Elementary Library Hours||Secondary Library Hours|
|Mon - Fri|
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
|Mon - Thurs|
7:30 am - 4:45 pm
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nido’s library program is based on a Learning Commons model with four key areas of focus: philosophy, physical space, virtual space, and curriculum/programs.
Nido's Learning Commons provides a learning environment that is welcoming, safe, and engaging. Library programming promotes personal, academic, cultural, and social growth and emphasizes wonder and curiosity as basic elements of learning. Our librarians seek to cultivate a culture of collaboration and empower students to read, imagine, discover, and create for deeper understanding of content and learning.
In addition to serving as a traditional library space, with a balanced, rich, diverse, and current collection of print resources such as fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, and reference materials, Nido's Learning Commons also is a venue for exhibitions of students’ art, projects, and work. Its facilities can accommodate individuals, small groups, and whole classes with appropriate and customized collaborative workspaces. Students and faculty have access to computers, iPads, smartboards, and other up-to-date technology for high-quality teaching and learning.
Our librarians and library programming fosters reading for various pursuits, including for personal growth, pleasure and enjoyment, knowledge and curiosity, and the development and cultivation of ideas. We promote guided, innovative, and creative learning opportunities. Our program supports an inquiry-based model for learning, and our librarians facilitate collaboration and co-teaching for inquiry-based learning activities. We also support students and teachers with the Information Literacy Curriculum and the Digital Citizenship Curriculum.