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Ocean City High School Library Media Center

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Librarian: Ms. Joan Vicari

Library Aide: Mrs. Joanne Martin



Monday – Thursday: 7:45am – 4:00pm and Friday: 7:45am - 3:30 pm



·     Please do not bring any food or beverages into the library, so we can all enjoy a clean library.

·     We are happy to assist you in finding information online or in the library, please don't hesitate to ask for help.

·     Problems connecting to the wireless network? We’re here to help.

·     Can we help you find a book , newspaper , or magazine to read?

·     Our library is to be used for learning. Please let us know the topics in which you are interested.

·     Please work quietly and be considerate of others to provide a pleasant atmosphere for everyone.


Our beautiful LMC is a spacious facility with an art deco décor that features large solid oak doors, with stained glass windows and transoms, that were the main doors of Ocean City High School when it was built in 1923. We have computers available for individuals and classes, and many tables and chairs to accommodate several classes and many individuals at the same time. In addition to coming to the library with classes, students are welcome to use the library before school, between classes, during study hall periods and community lunch, and after school.


Our collection includes over 45,000 volumes, e-books, 120 magazines and newspapers, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audio books and kits.  Some of our special collections are: books in French, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish; short story collection books; New Jersey resources; children's books; professional materials (about teaching); and textbooks.

Online Database and e-Books Available for Anywhere Access 2017-2018


The OCHS Library catalog, called FolletDestiny,  is available online at Under the Home tab you will find links to all of our online databases for research. Follett Destiny has a catalog special power search that enables you to search the OCHS Library catalog, the Internet, e-books, and online databases (such as World Book Encyclopedia Online and EbscoHost database of periodical articles) all in one search. Try it!


Online Databases and e-Books Available for Anywhere Access 2017-2018

Please go to the library circulation desk for a handout with the URLS and passwords to access the following online resources. 

 1.       FOLLETT DESTINYThe Ocean City High School Online Library Catalog to search for library books and other materials by title, author, series, and key word(s). (Go to DESTINY DISCOVER for easy access to e-books.)



  2.      EBSCOhost Online3 databases: EBSCOhost  web,  EBSCOhost Español, EBSCOhost Francais, EBSCOhost Deutch


Literary Reference Center, Points of View, Salud de Español, Business Searching Interface, EBSCOhost Integrated Search, Referencia Latina, Novelist K-8, NoveList, Legal Information Center, Small Business Reference Center, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center, Novelist Plus, Biography Reference Center.


 EbscoHost web includes: Regional Business News, Teacher Reference Center, GreenFile, Academic Search Premier, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, Business Source Elite, ERIC, Health Source – Consumer Edition, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, AHFS Consumer Medication Information, Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson), TOPIC search, MasterFILE Premier, Professional Development Collection, Newspaper Source, American Doctoral Dissertations, European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750, Military & Government Collection, eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)


 3.      PROQUEST Databases


**NEW**- AVON - Academic Video Online Premium gives unlimited streaming access to more than 55,000 videos, covering every subject from producers such as BBC, PBS, 60 MINUTES, Meet the Press, and others. 

 ProQuest: Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index 1851-2013


eLibraryoffers more than 2,000 full-text sources, with improved functionality, and a fun   and easy-to-use search interface. Includes: magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, maps, pictures, and audio/video clips.


SIRS Knowledge Source is a general reference database that includes Issues Researcher, Pro/Con Issues, and Renaissance.


4.       CQ Researcher is a database of in-depth weekly reports about current topics.


5.       World Book Encyclopedia Online includes: World Book Student, World Book Kids; Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgo, World Book Advanced, Timelines, and World Book Mobile


6.     Infobase eBooks:  Fashion Designers: Coco Chanel; Isaac Mizrahi Marc Jacobs; Ralph Lauren; Stella McCartney; Football Players:Adrian Peterson, Eli Manning; LsDainian Tomlinson; Reggie Bush; Literature: 854 full text literary classics and some Bloom’s guides


7.     Salem Press e-books:


LITERATURE: Critical Insights:Authors: Jane Austin, Charles Dickins, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams Works: Death of a Salesman; Grapes of Wrath; Great Expectations; Great Gatsby; Poetry of Poe; Slaughterhouse-Five; Streetcar Named Desire; Sun Also Rises; Tales of Poe; Things Fall Apart; To Kill a Mockingbird; Magill’s Literary Annuals


HISTORY: Countries, Peoples & Cultures; Decades in America – 1960s, 1970s, 1980s; Grey House Value of a Dollar (through history); Grey House Working Americans (through history)


SCIENCE: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Forensic Science


HEALTH: Addictions & Substance Abuse, Infectious Diseases & Conditions, Psychology and Mental Health

CAREERS:  Careers in Building Construction, Survey of American Industry & Careers


9.  Bloom’s Literary Reference Online (by Facts on File) covers thousands of   authors and their works, an archive of 38,000 characters, plus articles on topics and themes, a timeline, and a special feature on Harold Bloom's


10. Gale Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Collections contain: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Nation and World, Religion, and Science

Science in Context Online 


Opposing Viewpoints in Context features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. Includes Lexile reading levels and national and state curriculum standards information.

Literature Resource Center - Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.



·     2 Reference materials may be borrowed OVERNIGHT - Signed out at the end of the day and returned before first period the next school day.

·     DVDs and videotapes may be borrowed OVERNIGHT.

·     CDs may be borrowed for 7 NIGHTS.

·     Books, and all other materials, may be borrowed for 14 NIGHTS.


There are 3 ways to settle overdue fines:

·     pay (money is used to purchase items not afforded by our budget and replace lost materials 

·     volunteer in our library before or after school

·     FOOD FOR FINES - bring in canned good items to "pay" the fine. 1 can per $1.00 fine or 1 can per overdue item.  The food is donated to the COMMUNITY CUPBOARD which is part of the South Jersey Food Bank.



  Our library is collecting:

·     Box Tops and Campbell's soup labels 

 ·     used printer cartridges for the Ronald McDonald House

·     aluminum flip top tabs from cans for the Ronald McDonald House


Free magazines (great to read, cut up for projects, etc.) and discard/free books are on a large cart across from the circulation desk. Please help yourself.



Make a long lasting contribution to OCHS!

A gift to the OCHS Library Media Center is a long lasting gift that can be shared and enjoyed by many students and staff members.

Make a monetary donation and a new book, cd, DVD, or other item will be specially selected and purchased for our collection as a holiday gift, or to honor someone's achievement (such as graduation or retirement) or birthday, or in memory of a loved one.

A bookplate acknowledging the donor and identifying the occasion and recipient will be added to the library item. A thank you letter will be sent to the donor and a letter will also be sent to the recipient and/or his family to inform him/them about the special gift.