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

"My daughter has gone from being too shy to open her mouth during the concert in preschool to a scholar, a thespian, an athlete, a debater, and a philanthropist. All of these opportunities came through Villa Duchesne - all of them. When she finished her last day, she came home in tears. I asked what was wrong and she said that she will miss her teachers. I asked which ones and she replied, "All of them!"

~ Villa Duchesne Parent

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