Rev. John O'Connor Library


Monday - Friday, 7:30-4:00


Nancy Morris

Library Director

We Offer:

  • black & white student printer
  • black & white student copier 
  • 8 desktop computers
  • one local newspaper
  • access to more than 8,000 books available for check-out
  • inter-library loan services
  • selection of research databases
  • study, collaboration, and relaxed seating areas

Check-Out Policy

Students may check out up to two books for three weeks using their AHS ID card. Students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out additional books. The library charges 10 cents per day for overdue items. Replacement costs are charged for lost and damaged materials. Materials may be renewed as long as they are not on hold for another patron.

Student Access to the Library

Students may come to the library before and after school and during lunch. Cell phones, book bags, purses or gym bags are not allowed in the library.

Study hall students may report directly to the library on their assigned day. Students are broken down into two groups by alphabet (A-L and M-Z). They should listen to morning announcements to find out which day they may report to the library.  



BRITANNICA OnLine - an online encyclopedia.

Username: ahs/Password: Britannica

DISCOVERING COLLECTION - research database containing essays, criticisms, biographies, timelines, and primary documents.  

Password: pioneers

EBSCOhost - a wide selection of research databases covering a variety of topics. 

User Id: ahs/Password: pioneers-20

GOOGLE SCHOLAR - Google's search engine that limits results to only scholarly material.  

OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS - one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues.

Password: pioneers

Writing Resources

EASYBIB WEBSITE EVALUATION GUIDE - examples of websites that are credible.                                                                           

EVALUATING RESOURCES, UC BERKELEY - helps explain why a particular source is a good fit for your research project.                                                                                                                                                                         

PLAGTRACKER - free plagiarism tracker.

PURDUE OWL - Purdue University's online writing center. Use this site for tips on the writing process and for research guidelines.                                  

ZOTEROBIB - automatic citation generator for MLA, APA, and other styles.  Use this site to create a works cited page. 



ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOG - click this link for library books, videos, and other materials in PrairieCat libraries. Use advanced search options to select Alleman High School library or you may search all other libraries.

ILLINET/I-SHARE - includes resources of 65 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois. Use to search for materials at Augustana College and other Illinois university/college libraries who belong to the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO).

BIBLIOBOARD - a collection of digital books, images and videos for research and pleasure reading.

GOODREADS - social media for book lovers. Get book recommendations, keep track of books you’ve ​read, and recommend books to others.

ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY - official library of the Illinois state government and a department of the Secretary of State.

INTERNET ARCHIVE - a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. - this website is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. You can search for famous poems, learn about American poets, or browse new poetry. 

PROJECT GUTENBERG - a library of over 60,000 ebooks, with an emphasis on older works for which copyright has expired.

YALSA BOOK FINDER - search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) book awards and book lists.


Book Award Winners

Teen Reader's Choice: Lincoln Awards - this program encourages teens to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. Named after former President Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Award is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association).

MARGARET A. EDWARDS AWARD - the Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.  

CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS - the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  

THE MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD - The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.  

YALSA BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS - YALSA’s best fiction for young adults blogging team presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 14 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. 

YALSA NONFICTION BOOK AWARD - YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. 

SLJ BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS 2019 - School Library Journal's annual list of outstanding young adult fiction.