The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools library program is designed to nurture children's love of literature and their enthusiasm for investigating the existing body of knowledge on any given subject of interest. The program builds skills incrementally over the years, giving students the ability to independently use and enjoy library resources. Knowledge and skills gained through the program help to form a strong foundation for lifelong learning. An important component of the program is information literacy: finding, organizing, evaluating and synthesizing information in all of its formats. At each step of their encounter with library use, students are given instruction and support, and then they move to more independent and sophisticated uses of library resources. The library program coordinates with curriculum in each school, particularly in areas of language arts, social studies, science, and literature. Skills and dispositions learned through library use allow students to explore the wide range of human experience through a variety of media.

N/K/P Library 

Lim Family Library serves Nursery/Kindergarten and Primary School students and teachers. The collection is approximately 24,000 volumes including non-fiction material to support curriculum, a large fiction collection, audio books, DVDs and magazines.

Oral storytelling is a unique part of Lim Family Library’s program. Students in kindergarten, first and second grades hear a story every week, usually traditional tales from around the world, learned by the librarians and told without any books or props to distract attention from the story itself. In addition to being a great deal of fun, storytelling enhances language acquisition and attention span, as well as reading, writing, memory and visualization skills.

Through the library’s program children learn to distinguish fiction from non-fiction, the scope of materials available, and to navigate the library on their own. Librarians give book talks, introducing interesting books for research as well as for pleasure reading. In addition to library class times, students may come in at other times during the day to get individual help from librarians. Parents are welcome to come in with their children before or after school to read and choose books together.

Library Web Pages

Lim Family Library

Monday: 8:00-3:30
Tuesday: 8:00-2:45
Wednesday: 8:00-3:30
Thursday: 8:00-3:30
Friday: 8:00-2:45


Knes Family Library

Monday: 8:00-3:25
Tuesday: 8:00-2:45
Wednesday: 8:00-3:45
Thursday: 8:00-3:45
Friday: 8:00-3:00


Rowley Middle School Library

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 7:30-4:00
Tues, Fri: 7:30-3:30

Rowley High School Library

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 7:30-4:00
Tues, Fri: 7:30-3:30


Library Resources

Lim Family Library Catalog

Knes Family Library Catalog

Rowley Library Catalog

Database Access