The library at Canisius High School upholds the school's Jesuit philosophy and goals for academic excellence. It is devoted to providing a rich learning environment equipped with essential resources and personnel to serve the information needs of the Canisius learning community.

The library is home to over 5,300 catalogued print titles including encyclopedias, atlases, current fiction, graphic novels, the classics, DVDs, critical guides to literature, biographies, current periodicals and popular magazines, including subscriptions to daily newspapers,The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Buffalo News. The learning community also has access to the Internet, e-mail, e-Books and electronic databases that are available to them through the Schoology portal both on campus and remotely (with the provided passwords). The library’s portal also has links to a variety of resources that support the curriculum.

To facilitate their schoolwork, students may use a printer and a photocopy machine in the library. There are 10 Apple computers in the main room and 25 computers in an adjoining annex that are available for students to use before and after school. When the library space or computers are reserved for classroom teachers, students with free periods will be limited in their access. A full-time library media specialist is available to help students Monday through Friday, from 7:30am until 4:00pm, and teachers supervise the room from 4:00pm until 5:00pm during regular school days. The library is for quiet study and students are expected to comport themselves appropriately in the library

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Regular library hours are 7:30am to 5:00pm on normal school days. The library space serves the learning community in various ways so occasionally the library will be closed to students.


General collection books circulate for two weeks. At the due date, a book can be renewed for an additional two weeks, if no one else has requested it.

Reference material does not generally circulate, however, if a book is needed please check with the librarian and accommodations can be made. Other books/materials on reserve may not be taken out of the library.