HNA Library & Technology

HNA Library & Technology


The Holy Names Academy library is an open space for instruction, research, and collaboration, with a primary focus on connecting students to the best possible resources for their academic and personal interests. Students have access to an array of digital resources, including the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Overdrive e-books, and Bloom’s Literacy Reference Online, among others.

The library is open on all regular school days from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


  • E-books can be accessed through the Overdrive link on the Library website. Each student has a unique Overdrive logon; students who need to may retrieve this information from the school librarian.
  • Books can be borrowed from the library for a period of four weeks. Overdue notices are sent via email; students who misplace materials are required to have a conversation with the librarian.


Library Database Access

The databases are accessible with a universal username and password that are available from the librarian or the student’s teachers.


World History In Context 
Search a broad range of scholarly content, primary sources, and reference documents from the ancient past to present day. 

US History In Context 
A great place to go for contextual information on people, events, and topics in U.S. History.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context 
This database covers today’s hot-button social issues.  

Bloom's Literary Reference Online 
Search authors and titles to find critical essays for works throughout history and the world.

Search scholarly journal content, primary sources, images, and more across all humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Gale eBooks is an online library of reference titles for multi-disciplinary research, including texts related to American and world history, literature, health, religion, and multicultural studies. 

Use Gale's consolidated search to explore a vast collection of references, eBooks, periodicals, and other scholarly publications.


Proquest Magazine/Newspaper Search 
Find abstracts and full-text articles from over 550 magazines, journals, and newspapers.

Scribner Writer Series 
Scribner Writer Series provides original, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author and their works.

Seattle Times
Access (a replica edition of) the Seattle times through Newspapers in Education. Students may access the current edition and three months of back issues.

The library catalog
Search the school library's collection via Destiny Discover.

Sora (formerly Overdrive)
Browse and borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the library with Sora. Your student ID number is your barcode.

The New York Times
Members of our school community with a valid email address may access the and New York Times News App, for instructions and support please see Ms. Sebree.


Digital Device Program

Holy Names Academy requires all students to bring a digital device to school each day. The school’s goal is to use these tools to enhance student learning and to prepare students for college and beyond.

Setting up your device:

All students are required to install certain software on their devices before the first day of school. Students new to the school will receive detailed instructions, as well as the opportunity to attend set-up assistance sessions at HNA, prior to the start of the school year. While setup is not complicated, some students may feel more comfortable with a little assistance.

The most recent set-up instructions can be accessed below in versions for both PC and Mac.
 PC Set-Up Instructions, 2023-24 (PDF)      • Mac Set-Up Instructions, 2023-24 (PDF)

    • All students are expected to have a primary digital device that has the full capabilities of a laptop computer such as the Microsoft Surface Pro line (Surface Pro 9 or newer, Surface Laptop 5, Surface Laptop Studio)  or the Apple MacBook Air.  Secondary devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet (Google), Chromebook, Nook, Kindle, or Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 3 or older will not meet the minimum specifications.
    • Important: Devices powered by the Microsoft Windows in 11 S Mode operating system must be switched out of S Mode
    • Because our students use Microsoft Office 365 resources every day for Outlook email, OneDrive for cloud storage, and OneNote and Teams for collaboration, we strongly recommend a Windows 11 device. We have found that most Windows 11 devices integrate well with our technology. However, the Mac OS operating system has been successfully used by HNA students and will meet the recommended specifications.
    • For detailed guidance on digital-device requirements, including recommended and minimum device specifications, click here: HNA Device Program Specifications (Feb 2024)

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