​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

Learning Commons at Richmond School

Students may borrow from our extensive picture book, easy reader, quick read novel, graphic novel, chapter book and non-fiction collections. Our Library / Learning Commons Assistant Mrs. Rae is on hand Monday to Thursday. This year, we have a new process for getting books.


Grade ½ and ¾ Classes

A library book bin will come to the classroom every three weeks. Students may borrow books from this bin to read at school. Typically, students will borrow a book on Monday and return it to the bin on Thursday where it will quarantine until the next Monday. Every three weeks, the bin will be switched to provide new reading choices for students.


Grade 4/5 and 5/6 Classes

Students in these classes will select books from our online catalogue and will send an email from within the catalogue to request these books. If available, these books will be delivered to the classroom weekly. An overview of how to look up and request books is posted as an attachment on this page. 

1. Select books from Richmond School library using CBE e-Library

2. Set up your Book Request list – first time only. 

3. Search for books in CBE e-Library and add them to your BookRequest list in CBE e-Library 

4. Review your BookRequest list and email it to library-100@cbe.ab.ca from CBE e-Library. Books will be delivered to the classroom on Thursdays. If a book you have requested is not available, a Hold will be created and you will get it when it is your turn.

5. Borrowing Books: Keep the books you borrow for up to two weeks. If you need more time, you can ask to renew your book as long as it is not on hold for someone else. You must return books before you get any more.

6. Returning Books: Bring your books back to your classroom and put them in the return bin there. Mrs. Rae will pick them up each week and return them to the Learning Commons.

7. You’re Responsible: Please take good care of our books and digital tools. If you lose or damage them, you will be asked to pay the replacement cost.


What is a Learning Commons?

It’s where to go when you need to find answers to your questions, find information for your inquiry projects or find a great book to read. You can work on your own, with a small group at a table or at a computer. The Learning Commons is a place for students and teachers to work together, to explore, investigate, imagine, learn, collaborate, create, and communicate ideas.

  1. Finding Books: You can look the books up using the e-Library which you can access from any computer. If you need help we are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for, so please ask!
  2. Borrowing Books: Keep the books you borrow for one week and if you need more time you can take your book back to the library to renew it.
  3. You’re Responsible: Take good care of our books, and digital tools. If you lose or damage them, you may be asked to replace them.
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