The Spalding Library Media Center (LMC) is a 5752 square foot multilevel complex of rooms that serves the educational and recreational needs of the Spalding Community. The first floor houses the LMC’s reference collection, seating students at tables, networked student computers (23 PCs and 4 Apples), printers, one non-networked student computer attached to a color printer, a coin-op copier, a lap top mobile cart, along with a large circulation desk plus an office/workroom and an AV storage room for most of our non-book (DVDs etc) items and equipment. The second floor, a type of mezzanine, overlooks the first and houses the circulating collection, computer stations , study carrels, and tables. The LMC is connected to the school wide network and can share its On-line Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and On-line Databases with the classrooms and students, on and off campus. Spalding’s community members may search for items; renew books, review books, place items on reserve and check their LMC records with their individual login and password from home or at school. OPAC and databases are link over on the right. The LMC is also available via AccessMyLibrary School Edition through the App Store.
The LMC's print reference collection includes many specialized encyclopedias (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties; The Military History of the United States, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Encyclopedia of World Art, Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport, Encyclopedia of African American History, etc., plus the very popular “for students” series of reference books) that support the curriculum of the school. Unique to Spalding is the tradition of checking out reference books overnight. The circulating collection is varied and supports both sides of all controversial issues in support of the major sophomore debate unit. Another major strength is literary criticism. Reading for pleasure is encouraged with the participation in the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan High School program. All members of the Spalding Community are encouraged to suggest titles for addition to the collection. The total LMC collection has 22,408 volumes and items representing 18,165 different titles.