Altamont’s library is a spacious, well-equipped center for research, reading, study and computer use. Its purpose is to provide materials and space for students and teachers to research and prepare materials for class assignments, as well as for personal informational needs and recreational reading.

The vision of the Altamont Library is to provide a place for students and teachers to navigate the explosion of information as expert consumers and top quality producers of collaborative projects.

The library houses over 14,000 items, including books, videos, DVDs and CDs. In addition, one daily newspaper and 20 periodicals are available. Altamont students have access to a variety of online databases, including QuestiaSchool, Salem Press history databases, and Brain Pop in addition to numerous databases provided by the Alabama Virtual Library. The library also provides 20 computers for student use and wireless access for students who bring their own computers.

The librarian instructs students in library use, research skills and information literacy in conjunction with assignments given by the faculty. Teachers regularly bring classes to work on assignments during their class periods. The library can accommodate three classes each period if the classes are using different resources.

Individual students may use the library before and after school, during Activities period and lunch and also when they check out of class or study hall for academic work. Library hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can access library resources 24/7 through the library Haiku page.

The library can be a successful, busy learning environment only if everyone respects the needs of others. While in the library, patrons are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they do not disturb those who are reading, writing or searching for material.

Caitlin Rogers, Librarian

The Altamont Library strives to provide resources and instruction to meet the Standards for the 21st- Century Learner, as set forth by the 2017 American Association of School Librarians:

Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge

  • Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real-world connection for using this process in own life.
  • Display initiative and engagement by posing questions and investigating the answers beyond the collection of superficial facts.
  • Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary.

Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge

  • Continue an inquiry-based research process by applying critical thinking skills to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the use of resources by adapting information strategies to each specific resource and by seeking additional resources when clear conclusions cannot be drawn.
  • Connect understanding to the real world.
  • Determine how to act on information.

Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

  • Conclude an inquiry-based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning.
  • Demonstrate leadership and confidence by presenting ideas to others in both formal and informal situations.
  • Solicit and respect diverse perspectives while searching for information, collaborating with others, and participating as a member of the community.
  • Assess the processes by which learning was achieved in order to learn more effectively in the future.

Pursue personal and aesthetic growth

  • Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.
  • Display curiosity by pursuing interests through multiple resources.
  • Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person.
  • Identify own areas of interest.