Jesse L. Howell, Jr. Library

Welcome to the Jesse L. Howell, Jr. Library at Jackson Preparatory School! Named for the school’s founding headmaster, the Howell Library is a multi-faceted facility designed to foster the search for knowledge and to encourage reading for pleasure.

The Howell Library
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Mission Statement
The Library’s mission is to support the school curriculum at all levels, to foster information literacy among users and to encourage students to become independent readers, critical searchers, and ethical users of information in a variety of formats. Librarians assist teachers in planning and implementing class projects employing the resources of the Library. The Howell Library is at the heart of the school, both physically and academically.

About the Holdings
The Howell Library offers materials in a variety of formats:

  • Nearly 20,000 books
  • More than 50 periodicals
  • Seven newspapers
  • Five subscription online databases
  • Extensive audio-visual holdings
  • Networked computers for student use
  • Two carts of laptops with wireless interent connectivity
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Printers for color and black and white
  • Photocopier for student use

Library Hours
The Howell Library opens on school days at 7:30 a.m.; it closes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and at 3:30 on Monday and Friday. The Library is open at other times at the request of teachers.

Using the Library
The library is a place for quiet study, reading, and research where students and teachers are welcome. Teachers who wish to bring their classes to the library should schedule their visit with the librarians. Students who want a quiet place to read or study are free to visit the library during their unscheduled time or during study hall with the permission of their teacher. Students who want to chat or to play should find a more appropriate place. Use of the library is a privilege, not a right, and students must respect the library and its rules to retain that privilege. All school regulations apply in the library, including the computer use policy.

Library Policies:
  1. Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for another two weeks.
  2. The fine for standard overdue books is 10 cents per day.
  3. Overnight books are check out at 3:00 and are returned before 8:15 the next morning.
  4. The fine for late overnight books is 10 cents per class period, or 60 cents per day.
  5. Students should return overdue books and/or pay fines in a timely manner. Those who have outstanding obligations at the end of a semester will not be permitted to take exams until those obligations are cleared.

Diann Arinder, Director of Library Services
601-939-8611 ext. 230