The Murphy High School Library and Media Center consists of three rooms: the Circulation Library, the Reference Library, and the Computer Lab. Regular hours of operation are 6:45 am to 3:15 pm. To find materials in the reference and circulation libraries, use the dedicated computers to search the Destiny catalog. Ask Mrs. Kearley or Mrs. Davis for assistance if you can't find what you need. You can also access the library's catalog from any school computer using the icon labeled "Destiny-Murphy." Both librarians, as well as our library aide, Mrs. Gaston, can provide guidance in the computer lab.
Access the catalog from home using this address:
Books are circulated two weeks at a time with a limit of 2 books for pleasure reading and 5 books for research purposes. Materials can be renewed twice. Fines of 10¢ a day will accumulate until overdue books are returned.
Students must have passes to the libraries and computer lab during regular school hours, unless they are visiting during their lunch times.
Students can print school-related work in the computer lab for 10¢ a page (black and white only).
Check out the helpful links provided on the Links page for help with your information and reference needs.
Extended Essay information can be found on the Forms page.
NetTrekker is a great research tool. It works like Google to find sites that will help you with all your school subjects; but, unlike Google, it is divided into helpful subjects and all the sites it links to have been checked for accuracy and usefulness. It is available from home- just use the link on the Murphy home page to log in (the state ID number on your student ID is your username and the password is "mobile").
The Alabama Virtual Library is now accessible without a card! See the Links page for more information.
To schedule a class visit to either the reference or circulation libraries, check the calendar with Mrs. Kearley or Mrs. Davis. To schedule a lab time, see or e-mail Mrs. Gaston to check the calendar. The booking notices on the on-line calendar are for the reference and circulation libraries, and for the computer lab. The library also hosts a rolling lab with 15 laptop computers (Cart 3). Please see that calendar to reserve. The large cart (#4)with 35 computers can be booked through Mr. Landeau.
Library and lab reservations can be made any time in advance. We will try to send e-mails when dates are no longer available. Please limit your reserved time to two days. Core classes doing required research or projects, or classes with a required computer element will have precedence over electives in making any reservations.
LIBRARY MEDIA HANDBOOK
The Library Media Handbook contains all the library policies set by the MCPSS. To access this manual, go to the MCPSS website and select Divisions->Curriculum and Instruction->Library Media Services, or look under Reference on the Links page.