​Learning Commons at the CBE

Today’s learners cannot imagine life without the internet and supporting technology. The concept of the traditional library is changing to include technology, online tools and spaces for collaboration and exploration.​​​

Learning Commons / Library

The Library at James Fowler

  • Gone are the days of a librarian shushing students in a repository of books!
  • A Learning Commons is meant to be inclusive, flexible, learner-centred space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play to expand and deepen learning
  • The Learning Commons should foster intellectual, academic and social engagement; increase access to all resources, and improve student autonomy

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday | 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Note: the library may be closed during regular hours for special events and exams.

Who We Are

The library staff includes Ms Darling, teacher librarian [contact lfdarling@cbe.ab.ca] and Ms Javed, library assistant. 

Library Services

Reading Material:

  • Textbooks (for student registered in James Fowler classes only)
  • Fiction (novels)
  • Organized by author’s last name
  • Found on the short shelves
  • Non-fiction (research materials)
  • Organized by subject area
  • Found on the tall shelves
  • Magazines (for in library use)
  • Graphic Novels (found on front fiction shelf)
  • Easy Readers (found on front fiction shelf)
  • Picture books (found on front tall shelf)

Little Free Library—take a book, leave a book · Electronic Resources · How to look up and find a book

*If we don’t have a book you’d like, write it down in the green suggestion binder on the circulation desk


  • Free for use if not booked by a teacher. · Printing
  • Tech help for common computer issues including problems logging in · Wireless access on your own device
  • The library can reset your password

ID Cards

  • Lost your ID? Never got one? We can print a card for you
  • Only the first one is free. After that, an ID card costs $5.00
  • Lanyards and plastic sleeves can also be purchased for $1.50 and $0.50 respectively (cash only please)

Please ask if you need a hand! That is what we are here for!

Important Things for Students to Know

  • No food or open drinks in the library. Drinks with screw tops are fine
  • If a teacher sends you to the library, please sign in on the clipboard on the circulation desk
  • Lost/damaged your book? Pay for it in the business office
  • You can sign out 3 books at a time, for a three week loan period and renew your books 3 times

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Friday, Sept 25 is a system-wide non-instructional day. There are no in-person or online classes for students. Students in the hub can still access their course materials but teachers are not available to respond to questions. #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/sVPT78XTW8

Here is an opportunity for #WeAreCBE student leaders interested in volunteering in the community. Deadline is Sept. 28 https://t.co/6N9qmmrGPi

Congratulations to Henry Wise Wood student Suchir, who got to be Mayor for a Day yesterday #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Fx4f516FqC

Congratulations to F.E. Osborne School. Students raised over $10,700 for their #TerryFoxSchoolRun (surpassing last year’s total of $2,995!) Way to go! #WeAreCBE @feo_eagles_cbe https://t.co/3LbhHboxWY

Many #WeAreCBE schools will be honouring #OrangeShirtDay on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to recognize the resiliency and bravery of residential school survivors https://t.co/jo0zw97DWj