The Library collection and program are consistently updated and evaluated in an attempt to keep pace with current trends in information retrieval and resource learning. The Library offers an atmosphere where peaceful decorum and respect for individual rights are valued in an environment matching the ideals of Christian community espoused by the school.
The Library strives to provide print and non-print resources encompassing a variety of viewpoints and a range of needs —research, special interest, general information, and pleasure. Students can utilize information technologies that store, transmit, and retrieve information. The Library program seeks to assist the student to locate, identify, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and communicate information for research and problem-solving tasks and for lifelong learning. Through supplying the tools necessary and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, the Library program challenges patrons to take the knowledge and skills acquired and use them to serve others by being contributing members of society.
The library collection exceeds 15,200 print and non-print materials. This includes periodical holdings of 55 titles. The reference and circulating collection are updated annually with 300 or more materials added to reflect changes in the school curriculum. 7th grade materials are shelved separately from the high school materials to enhance the ability of younger students to find appropriate materials for their research. The library also loans Nook e-readers with over 60 fiction and non-fiction titles in the Nook collection.
The library has access to numerous research databases and eBooks, including databases and other resources as a member of the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System.
The Library website (library.xbhs.com) allows students to search all library resources including the electronic card catalog, eBook collection, and the following online databases: ABC-CLIO History Databases with History eBook collection, EBSCO full-text magazine and newspaper index, EBSCO Discovery, Essential Chemistry, Physics in Action, Science Online, Mythology, World Almanac for Kids, Shapers of Society, and World Biography.
To access the Xaverian library catalog and all other library databases from on-campus and off-campus, please visit the Xaverian library website. If prompted for a username and password, please visit your Google drive and check the “Remote Database Access Information” document, which has been shared with all Xaverian students, faculty, and staff.
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.