Library and Archives

The primary goal of the Library is to assist students in developing 21st century research and media literacy skills. Students receive formal media literacy instruction through the Seminar Program, as well as integrated within the classroom across curricular areas.

The Library provides the school community a wide array of electronic and physical media collections. Students have mobile access to online research tools including: scholarly research databases; newspaper and magazine article databases; subject-specific guides to web resources; eBooks; streaming video; bibliographic citation programs; and the digital school archives. Students may also borrow physical media including: print books and magazines, DVDs, and video games. Print books and magazines are located in the Library Reading Room, while DVDs and video games are located in the J. C. Cowart Media Commons. The Library is open during the academic day Monday through Friday.

Library Catalog

The Library's web 2.0 catalog lets you save searches, create carts, tag materials, write reviews, renew your books and much more! Login to the catalog with your student ID (PIN is student ID without leading digit).

What's new in the Library?

See what new books, eBooks, DVDs and video games were recently added in the Library and Media Commons.

Database Links

Research Databases and Web Resources


Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly library media staff. Know what we know - find it in LibGuides!

Auto-generate bibliographies and manage research projects by virtual notecards.

Used by millions for research, teaching, and learning. With more than two thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR isone of the world's most trusted sources for academic content!

Kanopy is a film streaming service for libraries providing access to over 30,000 films including award-winning documentaries, PBS videos, independent and classic films, world cinema, and more. You can stream the videos on your iPad using the Kanopy app.

Gale Research Databases

Global Issues in Context (Gale)

Articles, videos, mp3s, and other multimedia content. Framed by a global perspective to help you understand global issues, conflicts, and events.

World History in Context (Gale)

Articles, maps, primary source documents, video and audio covering over 5000 years of world history from antiquity to the present.

General One File

Intuitive interface and more than 7,000 full text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers. Includes New York Times from 1985 to today's edition!

Resources for Specific Subjects

Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley)

Provides a searchable comprehensive collection of current scholarship on the ancient Mediterranean world, covering the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. The information covers all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt.

JoVE Science Education Library

Over 8600 videos with articles relating to STEM subject areas including: biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, engineering, and psychology.

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

The definitive resource for a new generation of economists. Contains all content originally published in 4-volume print edition plus archival materials, economics news, blogs, and more! Access is provided to the 2017-18 online edition.

American Newspapers & Historical Databases

Proquest Newspaper Archives

Newspaper archives going back to the mid 19th century. Includes:
  • New York Times (1851 - 2008)
  • Washington Post (1877 - 1995)
  • Wall Street Journal (1889 - 1994)
  • Chicago Tribune Historic (1849 - 1988)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1988)
  • Boston Globe (1872-1927)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution (1868 - 1945)
  • Chicago Defender (1910 - 1975)

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune articles from 1985 to today. Access provided by ProQuest.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. This project is hosted by the Library of Congress in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (University of Illinois)

This collection contains 116 newspaper titles, over 136,000 issues comprising over 1.4 million pages and over 6.8 million articles. The project is managed and hosted by the Library at the University of Illinois.

Early Encounters in North America (Alexander Street)

Provides a wide range of primary sources documenting the perspectives of Native Americans and Europeans during their early encounters and interactions. Also provides information about the natural history of North America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

American History in Video
(alexander Street)

Over 2000 hours of streaming video related to all areas of U.S. History. Includes footage primarily from the 1890s to the 1980s, as well as popular educational documentaries.

America's historical newspapers (Newsbank)

America's Historical Newspapers hosts a collection of hundreds of U.S. newspapers published from 1690 through the 20th Century, including titles from all 50 present states. 

Quicklinks to All Databases

e-Books & e-Magazines


The EBSCO eBook Academic Collection provides you with unlimited simultaneous multi-user access to over 170,000 academic eBooks, including titles from leading university presses such as: Oxford University Press, MIT Press, Harvard University Press, and many more. The subjects cover all academic areas of interest.

NOTE: You must access this database using the Safari browser to download eBooks to your iPad. To read eBooks offline, you need to use the the Bluefire Reader App.

The LFA Overdrive Collection consists of over 1,300 eBooks and audiobooks that you can download directly to your iPad using the SORA app. This collection includes award winning books, academic titles, popular fiction and non-fiction. You can choose a checkout period of 7 or 14 days for your account. All titles automatically expire from your iPad once the checkout period has ended. You can also return eBooks (but not audiobooks) before the checkout period is over. Cart limit is 5 items at one time.

LFA offers several popular reading eMagazines that can be read in flip-book format online or through the Flipster app.

Public Domain E-Books

  • Project Gutenberg: Access to over 54,000 free/public domain ebooks (fiction and non-fiction). You can download these ebooks and keep as long as you wish.
  • Directory of Open Access Books: Access to over 9600 academic peer-reviewed ebooks.
  • Internet Archive: Access to over 12 million free ebooks and texts.
  • Books to Borrow550,000 modern ebooks (fiction and non-fiction) for users to borrow for up to two weeks using a free account.

New York Times Digital Subscription Access

NYT Digital Subscription Access

LFA has a school-wide subscription to the digital New York Times available to all faculty, staff, and students. You will have full access to the subscription by obtaining a one-year Pass when you register using your school email address. This includes the NYT in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

To activate your pass, please follow these steps:

  • Open the above link and create a free NYT account using your school email address.
  • Check your email inbox for our confirmation message. Click on the link in your confirmation message to validate your email address and claim your Pass. If the confirmation email didn’t arrive, check your spam folder.
  • You have successfully claimed a Pass when you see the Start Your Access screen. Now you have full access to the NYT online and in the mobile app.

Please see the LFA ARCHIVES LIBGUIDE for articles about the history of Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall and a link to the Digital Archives!

The history of Lake Forest Academy includes the founding, development, and eventual merger of two schools: Lake Forest Academy and Ferry Hall. The LFA Archives serves as the institutional memory of LFA and Ferry Hall through the collection and preservation of historically significant materials from both schools. Dating from the 19th century through the present, this eclectic collection includes: administrative records; school catalogs and publications; original and digitized photographs; videotapes and DVDs; yearbooks; diaries; scrapbooks; school newspapers; architectural drawings; artworks; textiles; and realia that directly relate to LFA and Ferry Hall history. The LFA Archives provides a unique storage environment that protects these items and better ensures the longevity of their preservation.

Library and Archives Contact

Rita MacAyeal

Director of the Library, Archivist