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Library and Information Literacy

The mission of the Library is to assist students in their quest for knowledge utilizing both print and electronic resources, to facilitate the development of information literacy skills and to nurture a love of reading that will assist them as life-long learners. The Library strives to provide open access to materials that meet both the educational curriculum and the recreational needs of the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School community. The Library houses 12,500 volumes, contains four computers, three scanners,  and a student printer.  It provides a collaborative classroom space for instruction in the Reference Room and a quiet study space in the Nonfiction room. The Library catalogue, Alexandria, is available both on campus and from home. Additionally, the Library subscribes to numerous electronic databases that are also available remotely.


Timeless books expand boundaries of time.

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested:
that is, some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and some few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
~Francis Bacon

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend,
a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.
By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently
divert and pleasantly entertain himself,
as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
~Isaac Barrow

"In geology, we did a lab in subduction. (That’s when tectonic plates meet with one sliding under the other!) We had two graham crackers and we put vanilla icing on one and chocolate icing on the other. Then we put a whole bunch of candy on the vanilla one and had to scrape it along the chocolate one to show the different levels of the seaboard."

~ Villa Duchesne Student

  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
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