All School District schools have access to PA PowerLibrary

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find  24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library.

Log in to the Student Portal and look for the PowerLibrary icon

The National Council of Teachers of English has identified new expectations for 21st century literacy. The Philadelphia School District incorporates these guidelines in its mission, and works to help students identify and use books, media and technological tools to enhance and complete their education.

Develop Proficiency and Fluency With the Tools of Technology

Students in the 21st century should have experience and skills with technological tools used in the classroom and the world around them, and be able to select the most appropriate tools to address particular needs. The Offices of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Educational Technology help students use technology as a tool for communication, research, and creation of new works. Students learn to evaluate and use digital tools and resources that match the work they are doing, find relevant and reliable sources that meet their needs, take risks and try new things with tools available to them. With this kind of help, students learn to solve problems individually and collaboratively

The Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment supports independent reading and research through instruction in information literacy skills, supported by AASL’s Standards for 21st Century Learners and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Library Policies

The library policies are developed to meet the needs of each school. Schools have their own prescription for meeting the needs of the students by taking into consideration the following:

  • Enrollment: Special Education classes, ELL classes, Mentally Gifted and Regular Education classes
  • Reading levels of all students
  • Demographics and economically disadvantages classification
  • Professional development required by the Principal
  • Parent enrichment


Selecting Library Materials

Books and other media materials should be based on the School District of Philadelphia’s Core Curriculum, student reading and interest levels, student input, the current library inventory and the collection development plan. Tools to review titles are: