Library and Media Center

Welcome to the Joliet Catholic Academy library and media center. Our goal is to assist students to become active and creative locators, evaluators and users of information and to solve problems as part of the process in fostering independent, ethical and lifelong learners. Our hope is to guide students in utilizing information from a variety of different formats.

We seek to provide equitable access to the library and its resources – including the new addition of iPads, We have also updated our library system to the newest version (Destiny) and acquired a set of six research databases (EBSCO). We strive to work together with the faculty to nurture a climate that is conducive to individual and shared learning.

The following is a brief guide to our resources:


  • JCA’s Library/Media Center is open Monday through Friday during the school year from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except on early dismissal days.


  • The JCA Library and Media Center has a lab of iPads available for use by faculty and students. Teachers check out the iPads to enhance learning in the classroom, providing students with innovative ways to enrich learning. Using the iPads as a dissection tool, to film student-created videos, and to do research are just a few of the ways the iPads have been integrated into JCA’s learning environment. JCA’s Acceptable Use policy applies to the iPads.


  • Destiny is an easy, user-friendly version of the Follett software that we use in the library and is available to both students and faculty. It is accessible through Edline and the desktop of JCA computers.
  • Students and faculty can search thousands of websites that are being reviewed and evaluated daily by educators.destiny pic

Other resources

  • Databases: Students and teachers have access to numerous research articles by utilizing EBSCO, a set of six online research databases.Students learn valuable online research skills that will prepare them for research projects in college. Many colleges and universities also us EBSCO as their research database. JCA students have the ability to access EBSCO at school or from home.Ebsco
  • New books, e-books, databases and reference materials are added throughout the year. We currently have more than 13,000 titles, including hardcover, paperback and electronic books. We also have several magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
  • There are computer work stations in the library. Students also have daily access to the school’s Computer Center, which has over 100 computer work stations.


  • The purpose of JCA’s library/media center is to provide students with a quiet environment for study, research and leisure reading.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • All school rules, including dress code, apply.


  • A current student ID is required.
  • Non-reference materials can be checked out for 10 school days.
  • Reference materials are for overnight checkout only.
  • Overdue fines are calculated by the day, per item.
  • Magazines do not circulate; the copy machine is available for articles.
  • Students are responsible for lost or damaged items. Replacement cost is charged. Students who deliberately destroy library materials must pay for the items and will receive a disciplinary referral.

Other services

  • Photocopies for a nominal fee
  • Pencils available for purchase
  • Pens available for purchase
  • Library Lounge – with the addition of couches, plush chairs, and tables, students are welcome to gather before or after school and during homeroom periods (with a signed pass)

Contact us

  • Barb Powers, Library/Media Specialist 815.741.0500, ext. 235

Meet the Faculty

Barbara Powers has been JCA’s Librarian/Media Specialist since 2011. Prior to working at JCA, she taught at The Cathedral of st. Raymond School for five years. Mrs. Powers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a business minor from the University of Notre Dame and her Masters in Education from the University of St. Francis.

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