The Holy Names Academy library is an open space for instruction, research, and collaboration, with a primary focus on connecting students to the best possible resources for their academic and personal interests. Students have access to an array of digital resources, including the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Overdrive e-books, and Bloom’s Literacy Reference Online, among others.

The library is open on all regular school days from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • E-books can be accessed through the Overdrive link on the Library website. Each student has a unique Overdrive logon; students who need to may retrieve this information from the school librarian.
  • Books can be borrowed from the library for a period of four weeks. Overdue notices are sent via email; students who misplace materials are required to have a conversation with the librarian.

Library Database Access

The databases are accessible with a universal username and password that are available from the librarian or the student’s teachers.

World History In Context 
Search a broad range of scholarly content, primary sources, and reference documents from the ancient past to present day. 

 US History In Context 
A great place to go for contextual information on people, events, and topics in U.S. History.

 Opposing Viewpoints In Context 
This database covers today’s hot button social issues.  

 Bloom's Literary Reference Online 
Search authors and titles to find critical essays for works throughout history and the world.

Search scholarly journal content, primary sources, images, and more across all humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  

Gale Virtual Reference Library 
Cross-searchable full-text reference eBooks on a variety of subjects

Proquest Magazine/Newspaper Search 
Find abstracts and full-text articles from over 550 magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Scribner Writer Series 
Scribner Writer Series provides original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author and their works.

Digital Device Program

Holy Names Academy requires all students to bring a digital device to school each day. The school’s goal is to use these tools to enhance student learning and to prepare students for college and beyond.

Setting up your device:

All students are required to install certain software on their devices before the first day of school. Students new to the school will receive detailed instructions, as well as the opportunity to attend set-up assistance sessions at HNA, prior to the start of the school year. The most recent set-up instructions can be accessed below in versions for both PC and Mac.
PC Set-Up Instructions, 2021-22 (PDF)      • Mac Set-Up Instructions, 2021-22 (PDF)

  • What type of device is required?
    • All students are expected to have a primary digital device that has the full capabilities of a laptop computer such as the Microsoft Surface Pro line (Surface 5 or newer) or the Apple MacBook Air.  Secondary devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet (Google), Chromebook, Nook, Kindle, or Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 2 will not meet the minimum specifications.
    • Important: Devices powered by the Microsoft Windows in 10 S Mode operating system must be switched out of 10 S Mode. 
  • What type of device is recommended?
    • Because our students use Microsoft Office 365 resources on a daily basis for Outlook e-mail, OneNote note taking, OneDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access, we strongly recommend a Windows 10 device. We have found Windows 10 devices integrate well with our technology. However, the Mac OS operating system has been successfully used by HNA students and will meet the recommended specifications.
    • For detailed guidance on digital-device requirements, including recommended and minimum device specifications, click here: HNA Digital Device Program Specifications (PDF, updated March 2021)

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