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: Click here to search for Books and Audio-Visual Media

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.



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

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 (Gale)

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


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!

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!

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.

America’s Historical Newspapers

Newspaper archives dating from 1690-2000. Provides a timeline and topic search, covering issues and events, discoveries, major historical figures, and literature.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JoVE Science Education Library

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

New York Times 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.

Library Contacts

Rita MacAyeal
Director of the Library, Archivist

Ashley Kolovitz
Academic Technology Coordinator & Librarian

Contact Us

1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 615-3210

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