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Library Information

Regular Hours
Monday-Thursday 7:00 - 3:00

Friday 7:00 - 2:00

 Special Schedule Days

Early Release 7:00 - 1:00

Half Days 7:00 - 11:00

Faculty Meetings 7:00 - 2:00

Dept. Meetings 7:00 - 2:00

The library is closed periodically for special events and testing. All hours subject to change. Please check whiteboard or morning announcements for updates.

South Hadley High School Library

153 Newton Street South Hadley, MA 01075

413.538.5063 ext. 3709

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that students and staff are effective users and creators of ideas and information. The library aims to provide a comfortable, friendly atmosphere that is conducive to reading, studying, and research.

The library complies with and supports standards set forth by the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Massachusetts School Library Association.









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Recommended Reads

Genre Reading Guides

Author Spotlight

Hold Request Form

Recommendation Form

eBooks & Audiobooks


Research Handbook

Tutorials & Screencasts

Database Guide

MLA Guide

Big6 Research Model

Library Expectations

Policies and Procedures Manual

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Student Success Toolkit

Library Lunch Pass Policy

The library is open and available for student use before and after school, during lunches, and during class periods. The library can get busy during lunches, so students must sign up for a pass to reserve their spot. To maintain a productive and studious atmosphere in the library, students should have an academic reason for their visit. Valid reasons are:

  • ​​Using a computer for a project or paper; printing

  • Checking out a book

  • Reading, studying, or homework

    Students will be asked to return to the cafeteria if they are disruptive. Students who are frequently asked to leave will permanently lose lunch pass privileges.

  • Sign up is open before school and during break time.

  • The cap is typically 10 students/lunch. This number is subject to change based on the library’s schedule.

  • The sign up sheet is on Ms. Forfa's desk. Write your name on the sheet under your lunch block, and fill out a pass for either first or second lunch. Have Ms. Forfa sign your pass, and hold onto it until lunch.

  • Upon arrival, sign in on one of the computers at the front desk. Lunch passes go in the basket by the computers.

  • Students are expected to remain in the library until the lunch block ends.

  • Any students found in the library during lunch without a pass will be asked to return to the cafeteria. ​
  • Students may not eat lunch in the library. Eat your lunch in the cafeteria first, then report to the library with your pass.
  • ​If you absolutely need to use the library and there are no spots left, see Ms. Forfa.


Sarah Forfa, M.Ed

School Librarian

MSLA Co-Director, Western Region







Ms. Forfa is in her second year as librarian at South Hadley High School. She is a Massachusetts licensed Library Teacher K-12, and holds a Master of Education from Cambridge College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She currently serves as one of the Massachusetts School Library Association Co-Directors for the Western region, and is a certified Level 1 Google Educator.

The library is the true heart of the school. In addition to managing the daily library operations, technology, and collections, Ms. Forfa collaborates with teachers to support the curriculum and help students develop crucial research and information literacy skills. She enjoys teaching students how to become better information users and creators, and scaffolds classroom projects with face-to-face instruction and custom online guides. She also loves to chat about books and reading!

Outside of SHHS, Ms. Forfa enjoys hiking, biking, reading, playing music, watching the Patriots, exploring the Pioneer Valley, and traveling. The photo above was taken during a recent visit to the ancient Roman Baths in England.


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