Online Library Resources

Use Destiny Discover to browse the library's collection, check if a book is in or out, and get the scoop on new arrivals.

Calhoun Student Library Home Page - 81st Street Library
Use this resource to search Calhoun's online catalog (81st Street Library only) for materials, find research guides and suggested book lists, and stay up to date on library news. 

Calhoun Library - Distance Learning Resources
This guide will lead you to helpful reading and learning resources for students, teachers and parents during the period of distance learning. 

eBooks and Audiobooks

Sora for LS-Elementary, Middle School and Upper School

Calhoun's collection of eBooks and audiobooks. You will need to provide a student Calhoun username to access the collection. You can also download the Sora app, and access Calhoun's collection by searching "The Calhoun School" in the app's My Library option.

Video guide for logging into Sora for the first time.

Hybrid Library

Research Database

Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Elite is a rich resource spanning a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodical Collection

A the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, providing digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.


The ARTstor digital library is a collection of over 1.8 million images in the arts and visual studies, architecture, religion, anthropology and archaeology, global studies, fashion and costume, classics, world history, and more from museums, libraries archives and other collections around the world.


Username: calhounschool
Password: dogamolo
More than a thousand academic journals and over one million images, letters and other primary sources. Recommended for Upper School students and adults.


Username: calhounschool
Password: brainpop
Animated, curriculum-based content includes flash-based movies, quizzes, experiments, timelines, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. Also available: 

Infobase Learning and Streaming Video

Username: calhounny
Password: students
Databases include: Issues & Controversies, Ancient & Midieval History, Great Empires, Life in America, Blooms Literary Reference, Health Reference Center, World Religions, Science online and Classroom Video on Demand.

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

Worldbook Encyclopedia

Username: calhounny
Password: students
World Book online provides the classic encyclopedia "Kids" for elementary level and "Student" for older students. Access is available in Spanish with the "Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos." New this year are timelines and Ebooks. The ebook collection provides full access to students k-12 and new books are being added on a regular basis.

Newsbank Research Rocket

Username: calhounny
Password: students

ResearchRocket provides relevant articles covering a variety of topics in all subject areas. This resource contains articles from credible magazines, newspapers and other information sources — all age and reading-level appropriate for middle school.  Use this resource to find information for classroom assignments and research projects. Teachers can locate suitable content to support lesson plans and classroom discussions.


Password: empirelink
GALE has many specialized databases and ebooks. Search databases separately or across all databases. Includes Kid InfoBits (K-5). Through Infotrac/GALE, Lower School families can enjoy National Geographic for Kids, an online resource where you can explore amazing facts about animals, the environment, science, technology, history and geography. 

ScienceSource Collection

Username: calhounny
Password: students

ScienceSource Collection offers access to digests based on articles from scientific journals and magazines. The collection clarifies complex concepts and provides important facts, ideas results and conclusions from the original article.


Username: calhoun
Password: calhoun
Select: My Products
ProQuest Central includes articles from a variety of databases, for K-12. You can also access CultureGrams through Proquest: an online encyclopedia for up-to-date cultural information on 200 countries across the globe. Information found here is useful for LS, MS and US.