Learning Commons

 Photo of library shelves

Welcome to the MDHS Learning Commons!


Select the Catalog tab on the top right and enter term(s) to start a search. You can narrow the search by choosing the appropriate button.

Destiny is the automation system that is used by the libraries in the Avon Maitland District School Board. Our faculty and students have access through any workstation at school using a web browser on the internet. Our patrons can now access and search online from the comfort of home or wherever an Internet connection is available. Parents can assist students to search for materials.


 Destiny Discover logoE-BOOKS are available to be signed out anytime. Books are checked out using your school computer login. MDHS library has over 80 Ebooks.
Click on the Destiny Discover tab on the left. Scroll down to browse the collection.

To download an E-book to your iPad you will need the Destiny Discover app.

Audiobooks are also available.

Parent/Student Resources 

The purpose of this collection is to provide parents/guardians with access to a variety of resources to support the partnerships between home and school.  The collection focuses on a variety of topics on youth including cyber safety, student finances, grief, mental health, single parenting, LGBTQ and many others. There are a total of 81 resources.

To borrow these resources, please request a free library account by calling the school at 519 348 8495 x228  or email Ms Cumming [email protected] or Ms Gordner [email protected]

Click Here to access: Parent/Student Resources

Library Policies

The MDHS library is open from 8:30 to 3:30 every day and at lunch.

Please come in and borrow magazines and books, computer surf, play board games or just enjoy a quiet sit in the reading room.

If there is a good book you are looking for and it is not in the library please make a recommendation.

  • No food or drink. Respect our library space. Use quiet voices.
  • Computers are for school-related use only- NO social networking or games.
  • Loan period- 2 weeks
  • Overdue books are charged 10 cents/day. Please return books and pay late fines promptly.

Research Help

InfoTrac (Gale/Nelson)

Information you can trust, all in one place! Many great searchable databases sorted by subject area. Academic OneFile, Agriculture Collection, LegalTrac, Science in Context, Student Edition – K-12, and many more! A wide variety of Ebooks are also available here.

Please see Librarian for password.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre (Ebscohost)

This full-text database is designed to provide students with resources that present multiple sides of a current issue–containing information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers. Each topic includes an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument) and Critical Thinking Guide.

Please see Librarian for password.

Teen Health and Wellness

Teen Health and Wellness is an award winning database designed to meet the needs of teenagers in the areas of health, fitness, alcohol, drugs, mental health, family life, and more. No topic is off-limits and information is provided from a medical viewpoint, so students can discretely locate information that they know is accurate and reliable.

Britannica Online

An easy to use research resource with videos, photos, interactive maps and over 500 000 links to articles, websites and periodicals.

Please see Librarian for password.

Statistics Canada

Canadian Statistics at your fingertips. With E-STAT you can generate dynamic tables, customize graphs and maps using Statistics Canada’s Census of Population and socioeconomic data.

Career Cruising

Online tools to help you plan your education and career path.

  • Username: avon
  • Password: maitland


On this website, you can search by job or company and find openings anywhere in the world. They also have a lot of information on salaries and interview feedback from people who previously interviewed for the position you may be looking at.

Free Resume Templates

Resume tips and free professional resume templates you can personalize.

Wise Old Sayings

One of the oldest collections of wise quotes, proverbs and sayings gathered from all over the world

How to write a bibliography and NOT plagiarize!


Helpful Tools and Links

  • Pixton Online comic creator
  • Khan Academy library of over 2400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, Khan helps you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.

Other Useful Links