Father Leo Henry Library and Media Center

After our 2008 library renovation, the library was renamed for the school’s first headmaster, Father Leo Henry, who served at Bishop Canevin from 1959-61.


The mission of the school library is to ensure that all students are able to effectively access information through reading and research. Our goal is for students to become proficient in using a balance of both print and electronic resources. Teachers collaborate with the librarian to plan projects that teach research skills through the use of books, internet sources, databases, and apps. The library also encourages students to read for pleasure by providing a wide variety of reading material and by offering the opportunity to participate in [BC]Squared – the Bishop Canevin Book Club.


The library is located at the heart of the school in the middle of the second floor above our Chapel. Our technology resources include:

  • Student computers
  • SmartBoard with Laptop and Sound System
  • Copier/Printer/Scanner
  • iPad Charging Station

Library Staff/Contact Information

Mrs. Suzan Rakaczky – Librarian
Phone: 412.922.7400 Ext. 225

Library Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Periods 1 – 4
Tuesday and Thursday – Period 4 – 3:30 p.m.
Please see the Library Services Edline page for adjustments made on days with a special schedule.

Circulation Information

  • Fiction/Non-Fiction: 2 weeks
  • Reference: Overnight
  • Fines: .10 per day for overdue books/.50 for overdue overnight items
  • Photocopies: .10 per page
  • Printer: The first three pages are printed free. There is a charge of .10 per page for remaining pages.


To enter the library during the school day, students must have a written pass from a teacher or proctor. All students must sign in when they arrive.

When using the library computers, students must abide by the school’s Computer Network Terms and Conditions at all times. Students must also adhere to the school’s iPad Acceptable Use policies. Students are not permitted to play games or otherwise misuse the computers, their iPads or internet resources.

No food or drink.

No cell phone use.

Library Wish List

Those interested in donating a book to honor an individual or commemorate a special event can access the Library Wish List at the link below. Once a book has been chosen, please print a donation form. Send the completed donation form with your check to the address listed on the form. The book will be purchased and a bookplate with the donor’s name will be added. Please contact Mrs. Suzan Rakaczky at 412.922.7400 Ext. 226 or a with any questions.

Library Wish List 2014-15
Donation Form
Donations to the Library Wish List 2013-14

Library Resources

Library Services Edline Page: A link to this page is located at the end of the student’s list of classes on Edline. The page contains links to project resource guides, websites, and e-books.

Books: Over 7,000 print volumes

Newspapers: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, New York Times

Periodicals: Back issues kept for 2 years

Access PA Interlibrary Loan Service: Please see librarian for information about this service.

Gale Virtual Reference Library:
These reference e-books are available 24 hours a day/7days a week from any computer with internet access. In addition, students can download the GVRL “Access My Library-School Edition” app to have access to the e-books from their iPads. The e-books are specifically chosen to assist with research projects assigned by Bishop Canevin teachers. Click on “Gale Virtual Reference Library” on the Library Services Edline page.

eBooks on EBSCOhost:
Through our affiliation with Access PA, our library has access to over 3,000 eBooks. The digital books include fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of subjects. The e-books are full-text searchable and available for use in online format.

Access PA POWER Library Databases:
This collection of databases provides access to thousands of full-text periodical and journal articles, newspapers, photographs, and reference materials.

These databases may be accessed from the school computers by clicking on the POWER Library desktop icon or by typing “POWER Library” into the search box for “All Programs.” In addition, a POWER Library link is available on the Library Services Edline page.

The POWER Library databases may also be accessed from home or through any Pennsylvania public library homepage. Type your public library card barcode number at the prompt. See Mrs. Rakaczky for public library card application information.

The following databases are included in POWER Library:

AP Images (Associated Press) – includes more than 500,000 current and historical images.

Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO) – contains complete automotive repair information.

Business Source Main Edition (EBSCO) – contains full-text for nearly 2,200 magazines and journals covering all disciplines of business.

CyberSmarts (Rosen) – a collection of five interactive e-books that give students hands-on experience in online safety.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) – full-text database that provides content covering all areas of health and wellness

Contemporary Authors (Gale) – a guide to information about current writers and their works.

GreenFILE (EBSCO) – covers all aspects of human impact on the environment.

Master FILE Main Edition (EBSCO) – full-text for more than 1,350 general reference resources.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) – full-text newspaper resource; also features television and radio transcripts.

SIRS Discoverer (ProQuest) – included full-text articles and images from over 1,900 sources.

Teacher Reference Center (EBSCO) – index of teacher and administrator trade journals.

Permanent Collections

Picturing America
Awarded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this collection features twenty double-sided laminated posters depicting forty works of American art. The artworks are accompanied by a resource book and a project-based website. The goal of “Picturing America” is to promote the teaching, study and understanding of American art and history. Two posters are featured in the library every month. See the Library Services Edline page for more information about the artwork.

“We the People” Bookshelf
Awarded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, this collection of books explores the theme of “A More Perfect Union” in honor of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Bonus material includes a DVD edition of “The Civil War,” the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns. The collection is part of the NEH’s efforts to strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.