Library and Online Tools
The Metro Library contains about 5000 books with an online catalog, . Stop by the library to browse for books or get help with computer log in problems.
provide tools for researching topics, training videos and electronic resources.
The library has MackinVIA eBooks and audio books. Students can read or listen at home, on the bus or at Metro using a tablet, phone or computer. The GWAEA online resource username and password is required. Get this from Metro staff.
Metro's Library has a non-fiction and fiction section and some smaller collections such as graphic novels and the Bluford Series. Biographies are kept in the non-fiction section. Metro uses the Dewey Decimal system to organize or shelve books. All library books have a call number on the book's spine- the call number identifies the book and it's place on the shelf.
- Non-fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers 000 up to 999.
- Fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers that are actually alphabetical, the first three letters of the author's last name.
Non-fiction call numbers are defined by the Dewey Decimal System. The ten main classes are:
- 000 Computer science, information & general works
- 100 Philosophy & psychology
- 200 Religion
- 300 Social sciences
- 400 Language
- 500 Science
- 600 Technology
- 700 Arts & recreation
- 800 Literature
- 900 History & geography
Fiction is shelved or arranged alphabetically by author's last name-only the first three letters. For example at the beginning of the fiction section books by Douglas Adams have the call numbers FIC Ada. In the middle of the fiction section books by Walter Dean Meyers have the call numbers FIC Mey. At the end of the fiction section books by Markus Zusak have the call numbers FIC Zus.
Questions about any of this? see Kirstin in 109, by the gym.
Free and unlimited access at home, work or school. These resources require a log in & password, get this from Metro staff. The Grant Wood Area Education Agency arranges these resources for students and staff of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.
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