The GMS Library is open most days from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Library passes are available before school from teachers in the gym or during school from a classroom teacher.
Research Resource Passwords: Do you need the username/password for the GMS library's Research Resources (Encyclopedia Britannica or Gale Virtual Refence Library)? Go to BlackBoard and open GMS Library under your organizations. On the left is a button called Passwords. The password only works if you use the links on our Research Resources page.
Logging in to the Library Catalog: Would you like to check out an eBook? Or see what print books you have checked out? Click on "Log In" after you open the library catalog. Your username is the same as your computer usrename. Your password is the last five digits of your student ID. If this does not work, you can use the same username/password as the research resources (see above on how to find that), but you will only be able to read eBooks. You will not be able to check them out.
About the Library Program
The vision of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to empower students to learn technology and 21st-century skills incorporating collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship.
The mission of the Roanoke County Public School Library program is to provide quality learning experiences designed to equip students with the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing global environment. The libraries extend and enhance the classroom experience: a place where students, teachers, and librarians can explore, learn, create, and collaborate. Librarians foster a love of reading and learning in addition to modeling and utilizing current technologies to assist students in becoming proficient and responsible users of information.
Roanoke County Book Selection Policy
The Roanoke County Public Schools library program has a book selection policy for our schools that supports the curriculum, incorporates current educational trends, and considers the needs, interests, and diversity of our students.
When selecting books for purchase, school librarians consider professional reviews and recommended reading ages. Nonfiction books are selected based on accuracy, scope, reliability, format, points of interest, and potential use. Materials on opposing sides of controversial issues are purchased so that students may develop critical thinking skills. Fiction books are selected based on the needs of the collection, popularity, quality, curriculum-connections, and professional book reviews. Recommendations from students and staff members are encouraged and honored when possible. Donated books must meet the same criteria as newly purchased books.
Questions or suggestions? Contact the Librarian: