The MCS Learning Commons is a resource centre providing students and staff with academic resources, reference materials, books, eBooks and online databases to augment their curriculum studies. The learning commons is aspace that allows for interaction with peers, technology and physical resources. The facility is conducive to individual or group tasks, offering tables/chairs, study carrels, and comfortable seating.

Our school's librarian, Ms. Mayfield, is also available to assist students with their research needs or readers advisory services.

Resources Available:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction books including classic novels, current series, graphic novels, high interest material, and curriculum based resources
  • Technology resources for use at school like Chromebooks, desktop computers, smartboards, and two Raspberry Pi Programming Stations

The Learning Commons is open daily during the school year from 8:00 am to 3:20 pm. 

Select a link below to learn more about the library resources available for students:


Search our catalogue to see what our collection includes, or search Overdrive for our ebook collection available 24/7 .  

click here to visit the library catalogueOverdrive eBook Collection
Sign in required to use these services - Please use your RCDSB Username and Password (the same as your Google Login)


General Reference (Encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)

Accessing resources from home? You'll need to have the password to enter. 

  • The Canadian Encyclopedia - search and broswe more than 19 000 articles in both English in French on all topics and subjects Canada
  • - search and browse 57 000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.
  • Merriam-Webster - provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, word of the day, word games, and other English language resources.
  • Wikipedia - a multilingual, free content encyclopedia project, written collaboratively by volunteers from around the world.
  • YourDictionary - a free online dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, a thesaurus and more.

Databases and eBooks

Accessing resources from home? You may need to have the password to enter.  If you are using EBSCO databases from home please use User ID: rcsb Password: winter2020!  

  • Career Cruising - bilingual database designed to help students plan their future.
  • EBSCO Database - browse hundreds of online research databases covering all academic subjects.
  • Eureka/Cedrom - Francophone resources are available including national/international newspapers, news wires and radio/television transcripts. French-language titles are bundled with 20 English-language daily newspapers from across Ontario. 




Search Engines

Did you know most of the search engines you use have an advanced search feature or special operators for more specific searching? I've added the direct links to these advance search pages as well as tips pages to help you use them. 

Advance Google Search

Bing Search

  • Check out this page on Bing Query Language, operator precedence, and advanced operator information