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Boughton Academic Center & Library

Situated on the second floor of Arrupe Hall with an inspiring view of Long Island Sound, the Boughton Academic Center & Library offers Prep students an inviting, comfortable venue for research, study, homework completion and more.


The mission of the Fairfield College Preparatory School Library Services program is to assist students in the development of their pursuit of becoming life long learners. The goal of the program and its staff is to ensure that students and faculty are effective and confident users of ideas and information. Materials for the Library are selected to support the curriculum of the school and the goals of the Fairfield College Preparatory School’s Mission Statement.


The Boughton Academic Center & Library is open 8:00am - 4:00pm on days when school is in session.


With twenty-eight computer workstations and sixteen tablet PC's devoted to research, Prep students have ready access to the Internet. By means of their campuswide computer accounts, and any computer with an Internet connection, Prep students can also access the powerful array of research databases subscribed to by Fairfield Prep twenty-four hours a day. The Prep community can access our online catalog while on campus only.


A substantial collection of reference works is available. Although a Prep student will find that most of his research needs are easily met in the Boughton Academic Center & Library, he may also access the 370,000 volumes of Fairfield University's outstanding Dimenna-Nyselius Library, located on campus.


National Honor Society members are required to serve as peer tutors. Overseen in this role by the Director of Student Activities, peer tutors are available by request.


Each semester a group of Fairfield University seniors is assigned to the Boughton Academic Center & Library to complete their internship. Under the direction of the Director of Student Activities, the interns are available to assist Prep students with time management, organizational skills, discipline-specific tutoring, etc.


Fairfield Prep Databases

The Boughton Academic Center and Library has access to several article and research databases covering a wide range of disciplines. Some databases provide full articles from scholarly journals and popular magazines.

Search the Fairfield Prep library collection. The Prep community can access our Library software while on campus. If you are off campus and need to know about our collection, please contact Mr. Davis.

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Student Resources

Library Holdings

  • Books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials are available to students and faculty.
  • Students have access to the Internet via 28 computers or 18 tablet PC's in the Boughton Academic Center.
  • Complete set of all student required text for the 2012-2013 academic school year. These materials cannot be taken out from the Library. Click here for a complete list. For a complete up-to-date list of student required texts for purchase, visit our Online Bookstore.
  • Magazines: America, American Theatre, Business Week, Car and Driver, Discover, Mother Jones, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times: Upfront, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Plays, Rolling Stone, Scientific American, Scholastic Scope, Sports Illustrated, Time, US News & World Report, Wired
  • Newspapers: Connecticut Post, Fairfield County Catholic, Fairfield Citizen, Fairfield Sun, National Catholic Reporter, Social Justice Review
  • Journals: Current History, English Journal, Journal of American History, Poetry, School Library Journal

Library Catalog

Search Strategies

ClassZone's Web Research Guide
This website will guide you in the right direction toward researching using online resources.

Library Internet Index
This website indexes trusted websites for any researcher to use.

ITools (Your one stop reference desk)



Helpful Online Resources

Remember those PBS TV programs you watched as a kid? The PBS site is a wealth of information for any researcher. Make sure to check out the “Related Links” at the bottom of each page for more information about your topic.

How well do you know the Internet? Take the Internet Basics QUIZ now!

Evaluating websites
Scroll down to “Sites to Use for Demonstrating Critical Evaluation”. Can you figure out which website gives false information?

Citation Guides
Creating a bibliography or works cited is never easy. Fairfield University has three online citation guides to help. So whether you are using APA style, MLA style or Chicago, these guides can help you through it.

Create a Graph
This website is offered to you by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

US Census Bureau: Fact Finder The US Census Bureau gives you access to all kinds of statistics on towns in the United States.

Presidents of the United Sates of America
This website,, about the Presidents of the US contains background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.

Supreme Court of the United States
This is a free government site. Here you will find information about the Supreme Court, recent court decisions, speeches, and more!

Library of Congress Thomas
This is a free government site. In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas offers legislative information from the Library of Congress. Search Thomas and find bills, resolutions, public laws, House roll call votes, activities in Congress, the Congressional Record, schedules and calendars for Congress, and much more! Use this website to learn all about Congress.

Greek Gods & Goddesses
Find out all about the Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Greek Gods & Goddesses: Clip Art & Fast Facts
Locate pictures of the Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Ingnation Spiritualty Online
Offers information on and experiences of Ignatian spirituality from Jesuit and Ignatian sources around the world.

Public Libraries

Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Click here for a complete listing of Public Libraries within the state of Connecticut.

Online Newspapers

Library Rules


The Boughton Academic Center & Library staff want to ensure that your experience with us is successful. Therefore, the following policies and procedures are in accordance with the Fairfield Prep student handbook. All policies are in effect during normal hours of operation (8:00-4:00) Monday - Friday.

  • Students must present a Fairfield Prep picture ID upon entering the Academic Center.
  • Students can obtain a new Fairfield Prep picture ID by visiting the Dean of Students office.
  • Students will sign up for a study carrel upon entering the main doors. Students will be assigned a carrel with or without a computer based on need and availability.
  • Students are responsible for their study carrel for the duration of the period.
  • Eating and drinking is an activity allowed only in the Prep Cafeteria.
  • Cell phones found in the Academic Center will be brought to the Dean of Students by a staff member.
  • Book bags are to remain in student lockers.
  • Music playing devices are fun at home, not the Academic Center.
  • To keep in the spirit of quiet academic study, please refrain from talking.
  • Window shades will be adjusted by staff members only.
  • Computers are to be used for academic work only as stated in Fairfield Prep’s Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Students are encouraged to use the Prep Cafeteria for interactive and group study.
  • Ask questions often, we are here to assist in all of your academic pursuits!


1st offense - loss of room privilege for 1 cycle
2nd offense - loss of room privilege for 1 month
3rd offense - loss of room privilege for 1 semester

Book Borrowing

All Prep students are allowed to take home materials from the Fairfield Prep collection for a period of two weeks. Items may be renewed twice for a period of one week each. The official Prep ID card is needed to check out library materials. Search the Fairfield Prep library collection.

To check out library materials, bring the selected items and your Prep ID to the Circulation Desk. Any Library Services Staff member can assist you in the check-out process.

Fines of $0.25 will be charged for each day a book is overdue.

Lost or stolen books will be replaced by the student. See Director of the Academic Center, Mr. Davis, for the cost of the book plus processing fees.

Fairfield University Library

Juniors and seniors are allowed to borrow 3 materials from the Fairfield University Dimenna-Nyselius Library for a period of 4 weeks with a Prep ID card. Freshmen and sophomores are allowed to borrow items from the Dimenna-Nyselius Library with the permission of the Academic Center Director, Mr. Davis. An “Interlibrary Loan” card must be filled out by the student and signed by the Librarian prior to the student going to the Dimenna-Nyselius Library to select their materials.

Fairfield Prep Citation & Style Guides

Search Fairfield Prep's Library Catalog

The Prep community can access our online catalog while on campus only. Search for books, videos, databases and more!