The Bardstown High School Library is Guided by Five Goals

To support the educational mission and goals of Bardstown High School

Books and electronic information that is available in the library supports the educational standards as set forth by Bardstown High School and the Kentucky Education Department.

To ignite and encourage the enjoyment of reading and learning

New books are added to the library collection monthly that are designed to reflect and appeal to our diverse student population.

Books are selected based on the following in that they:

  • Support and enrich BHS curriculum and/or BHS students’ personal interests and learning
  • Reflect the diverse backgrounds of BHS students
  • Meet literary, artistic, and aesthetic quality high standards
  • Be appropriate for the subject area, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social, emotional, and intellectual development of BHS students
  • Incorporate accurate and authentic factual content from authoritative sources
  • Have positive reviews and recommendations from evaluation sources including the Bureau of Education and Research What’s New in Young Adult Literature and How to Use it in Your Program; American Library Association annual youth media awards lists, and Follett Titlewave reviews.
  • Exhibit a high degree of potential student appeal and interest
  • Represent various viewpoints on controversial issues
  • Provide a global perspective and promote diversity by including materials by authors and illustrators of all cultures and backgrounds
To provide access to materials in various formats, reflecting diverse points of view

The Atriuum online card catalog (OPAC) can be accessed via the BHS Virtual Library or by following this link. Students have access to books, diital media, booklists, and more.

To provide the foundation for information literacy, thereby preparing students with the skills necessary to locate, evaluate, select, and utilize information in various formats

BHS Library not only provides books, but also a virtual portal to resources beyond our brick-and-mortar school. Students are instructed on locating accurate and authoritative information to support their educational projects through the Kentucky Virtual Library, as well as other online websites.

To equip students with technology skills necessary to succeed in the learning process, both in-person and online

On-site support for Chromebook usage, best practices, and troubleshooting is available through the BHS Library. 


Items are researched and selected based on reviews and vetted through school library reviewing sources, including (but not limited to) the Bureau of Education and Research (BER), School Library Journal, Follett Titlewave, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Books for Young Adults and other American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award annual lists. Student requests are honored on the condition they meet the five goals mentioned above and have positive reviews by authoritative, unbiased sources.


The library is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and can remain open after school with prior arrangements.

Library usage (book checkout, club meetings, professional trainings, faculty meetings, testing, etc.) can be scheduled here.


Students can check out up to four books at two-week intervals. Students are responsible for returning or renewing items on or before the due date. Students are not assessed overdue fines; however, circulation is restricted until all overdue items are returned.



The Bardstown High School Library Media Center assists students in developing lifelong information literacy skills and effective research strategies through its collection of 8,300+ books and materials, both print and online. These resources support the school curriculum and enrich students’ academic and personal lives. The BHS VIRTUAL LIBRARY provides 24/7 access to the online card catalog and an extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks, the Kentucky Virtual Library, book links, college and career resources, current events news sources, the Nelson County Public Library, and more. Information literacy and research skills are taught through collaboration between teacher and librarian, utilizing print and electronic sources listed above to supplement student research. 

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