Welcome to the Southwood Secondary School Library

Your Gateway to Educational Resources


Have an idea for a good book we don’t have?  Use our book request form.

To search our collection CLICK HERE

If you have a question about library resources, due dates etc please do not phone the school.  Contact me via your board gmail at shelly_blom(at)wrdsb.ca

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Southwood students and staff are invited to join our Library Skills Google classroom.  It is a place you can get guidance in accessing our digital resources in the virtual library.  We are also running a Reading Challenge.  This is a great time to pick up that book you have been meaning to read.  Raid the shelves at home, or find a book in our Overdrive ebook collection. Join code for the classroom is: x65qdyy

You can report the books you have read by clicking this link

At this time, any books signed out will remain signed out.  Return and due dates will be adjusted once we have a return-to-school date.

Keep checking back at this page for tutorials on how to maximize your use of our digital resources.

Logging in to the Virtual Library

Using the Overdrive Ebook Collection (Mostly Fiction)

Using the Infobase Ebook Collection (Non-fiction for research)

Using the EBSCO and Gale Databases

Using the Learn360 and Curio video collections


If your password is not letting you gain access to the Learning Commons and the resources it includes, but is still allowing you into your Chromebook, Classrooms and Gmail, then your password has likely expired.  You can go to MyPassword to reset it if you have registered and done the security questions.  If not, you will need to contact your course teacher through your Google Classroom and have them reset your password.  There needs to be one-to-one communication between known parties to do this.

How to Reset Your Password

Exercise your brain during the shutdown.  Take the Reading Challenge!  Remember that you can access books through our online collections at library.wrdsb.ca  Click on the KEY icon in the top navigation bar to log in using your PAL id and password.  Some of the resources may ask you to log in again once you get to the resource site.

Cicking on the Overdrive button will take you to a wonderful collection of novels for all reading levels.

Infobase is a wealth of non-fiction information for high school students.

Capstone has terrific accessible non-fiction information.

We have been given access to an additional ebook collection through June 30.  Visit the SORA resource and login with your PAL and password.  SORA EBook Collection

2016 READING CHALLENGE contest sign


You can access documentary and creative video content through the Virtual Library as well.  Curio.ca is produced by the CBC and during the COVID-19 crisis all contect is available to our users.  LEARN360 also packed with video material to support our curriculum.  A subcollection called Criterion on Demand focuses on feature films, including adaptations of many novels.  Go direct to Criterion on Demand by clicking on the three-bar icon in the LEARN360 header.