Free Resources for Students
Stop by and access all that the library has to offer.
- Desktop and laptop computers
- High-speed internet and Wi-Fi
- Printers (including wireless printing from your own computer)
- Scan, Copy, Email, or Fax
- Quiet study/tutor rooms
- Cafe with coffee and vending machines
We are also happy to offer students up to 5 pages of free printing for homework assignments.
Don’t have a library card? Sign up for one today!
School Bus Drop Off
Western Allegheny Middle and High School students can catch a bus from school and get dropped off at the library Monday-Thursday with a signed permission slip available here.
Accelerated Reader Testing
Western Allegheny Middle and High School students can now access and take their Accelerated Reader tests at the library. Students will need to know their login and use one of the library computers to access the Accelerated Reader website.
When staffing permits, the library will proctor exams for students. There is no fee for this service, but a donation to the library would be appreciated. Students must submit the completed Proctoring Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the desired date, or earlier depending on the requirements of the school or testing entity. Completion of a form does not guarantee the service; a staff member will contact the student to determine scheduling. See the Proctoring Policy & Request Form for details.
Online Content for Students
The following websites are particularly helpful for students.
Children’s Library eResources
Includes online articles, databases, and other resources available through the library system.
eKids eBooks & More
Kid-friendly downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos, and more available through the library system.
Resources for children including search engines, articles, photos, and documents from Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library accessible through Power Library. This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
Other Helpful Links:
- ipl2 For Kids
- OverDrive eContent for Kids
- BookFlix & TrueFlix
- West Allegheny School District Website
Parents & Educators
The library has a variety of parenting and teaching materials. They are located in the children’s department and cover a range of topics such as child-rearing, teaching aids, child psychology, and literacy. In addition, we have special collections which may be useful for classroom and home use, including our storytime and book club kits and world language section.
Classroom Cooperation & Outreach
We collaborate with local early childhood educators, providing visits to preschools to share stories, check out books to children and loaning librarian-selected picture book bags for classrooms and centers. We also work with the West Allegheny Schools visiting classes to share great books and resources and to promote library events such as summer reading. We are happy to come to any classroom for an age-appropriate presentation or to speak to parent groups or educators about literacy, book selection, or curriculum support.
We are always interested in working with teachers to ensure that we have enough material to support research and reading assignments. If you are a teacher with an upcoming assignment, please complete the Assignment Alert Form so we are prepared for your students. We can also help you introduce great books to your students by preparing collections of materials relevant to your curriculum. With two weeks notices, our Youth Services staff will prepare a collection of titles that can be used in your classroom. The library can also accommodate group visits for classes, homeschool students, and scouts. Please contact the Youth Services Department at (724) 695-8150 to schedule a visit or for more information.
Reading is the key to every child’s future success. Getting a library card is an important step. Encourage your students to sign up for a public library card. Library cards are free to all residents of Allegheny County and valid for three years. A library card gives your students borrowing privileges at any library in Allegheny County, full access to our catalog and the library’s collection of Research Databases, and unlimited checkouts from the Western Allegheny Community Library. Any child under the age of 15 will need a parent or guardian’s signature to apply for a library card. Your students may begin the application online or ask for a registration form at the library front desk.