Ladysmith Secondary School Library

Welcome to the Library Learning Commons @ Ladysmith Secondary School. Here you will find resources for your research, recommendations for great books to read, and information about what we have to offer in the Library Learning Commons. 

To search for books and resources at LSS and all Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public schools, search our library catalogue

Quick link for teachers: to book computer labs, Chromebook carts & laptop carts for your class, please consult our booking form.  



The Library Learning Commons  is a common space in the school open to being used for a variety of different school activities and events. A full-time teacher-librarian is there to support students and teachers and to promote learning, literature and school culture. 


The Library Learning Commons provides:

For Students 

The Library Learning Commons is a place where you can:

  • work with your teacher and class

  • collaborate with other students on school-related projects

  • work on school assignments, or to research personal interests, during a study block, or before or after school

  • look for books, and read in a quiet, relaxed environment

The Teacher-Librarian is available to help you: 


Photo by second-floor/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by second-floor/iStock / Getty Images

Services for Teachers

Services range from locating and assembling resources, to being a second teacher available to help with your class, to helping to integrate specific information literacy skills into a unit of study, to full co-planning and teaching of a unit. Just ask.

Services Available

  • Locating and assembling of resources, including digital & print resources, from the library, other district libraries, and beyond

  • Library Learning Commons orientations for students

  • Full collaborative planning for units of study, with an emphasis on using a variety of resources and tools

  • Providing information on copyright issues

Examples of skill-based instruction available for your students:

  • using Destiny to search the library

  • inquiry-based research processes

  • note-taking

  • using reference databases effectively

  • plagiarism: what it is, and how to avoid it

  • citing sources and creating bibliographies

  • Internet searching

  • website evaluation

  • parenthetical documentation

  • annotated bibliographies

  • primary and secondary sources

  • reading non-fiction

  • using the public library


Special acknowledgement to Deborah Graham, retired LSS Teacher-Librarian for designing and generating all of the content for the original LSS Library Learning Commons Wiki. Much of her work was carried over to this platform - thank you, Deborah!

contact your teacher-librarian

Allison Girard, B.A, B.Ed, LIBE Diploma

Teacher-Librarian & Learning Leader: Inquiry & Innovation /
(250) 245 3043

Library Learning Commons Hours of Operation

Monday : 8am–2:00pm
Tuesday : 8am–3:30pm
Wednesday : 8am–3:30pm
Thursday : 8am–3:30pm
Friday : 8am - 2:30pm


Questions? Comments? Website feedback? Request a favourite book? Get in touch. 

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