PHS Library

Librarian: Heather Christensen

Assistant Librarian: Amanda Walker

Alexandria (Online Catalog)


Books may be checked out for 2 weeks and may be renewed 2 times, provided no one else has requested them. Overdue charges are $.10 per day, excluding weekends and school holidays. If a student has more than $4 in fines, they will not be allowed to check out books. Student library aides may not accept fines. Only Mrs. Christensen or Mrs. Rosa can accept fines for overdue or damaged books.
Textbooks do not accumulate overdue fines. Students will be charged the full value of the book for any textbooks not returned at the end of the term. 
Computers are available for student use whenever the library is open. Students needing computer use for school work have priority over those using for recreational purposes. The research room computers are for class and school work only, and available by reservation.
Current magazines are available for use in the library only. Students and staff may check out past issues of magazines. 

Research Links

AD Views  A collection of classic television commercials from Duke University.

Career Cruising   Learn about different careers and college options here.

CIA World Fact Book An excellent resource for geographical information.

Curtis (Edward S.) Collection of Native American Photographs A collection of black and white photographs digitized by the Library of Congress.

El Portal Research databases provided by the state library.

Geneology resources at the Portales Public Library.

Library of Congress The nation's library is full of primary sources and digitized content. Start with the American Memory Collection.

Gale Reference Library A database of quick reference materials and reference eBooks including specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographies. If prompted to enter a password, use phsrams.

Golden Library ENMU's academic library. 

Mackin VIA Access eBooks and more through this portal. To see the collection, select Portales High School, and enter phsrams for both the username and the password.

Opposing Viewpoints An excellent resource for research papers and argumentative essays. If prompted to enter a password, use phsrams.

PHS Gale Resources Access all of our Gale databases and eBooks here. If prompted to enter a password, use phsrams.

Portales Public Library Our community's public library has lots of great young adult materials.

Primary Source Sets  Collections of primary sources organized by subject.

MedlinePlus Database of medical information organized by the National Library of Medicine

Ted Talks Browse this database of educational videos on a variety of topics.

Homework & Study Helps

Brainfuse Help Now A free resource from the state library that includes online tutoring, test preparation, a writing lab, and more. Some portions require a free registration.

Khan Academy  This free resource offers lessons in nearly every school subject. Sophomores and Juniors who have taken the PSAT can link their scores to Khan Academy for personalized lessons in the areas they need the most help with.

Citation Helps

KnightCite A free resource that will help you format your citations in MLA.

OSLIS  This citation maker from the Oregon School Library system includes a variety of formats and has been updated to MLA 8.

OWL The Online Writing Lab at Purdue is full of writing assistance, including helpful information about MLA and ALA style formats.

What to Read

ALA Best Young Adult Fiction


Mrs. C's Goodreads

Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Nominees

Just for Fun

Movie Cliches

Snopes Urban Legend Research

New Books

Do you have a phone, tablet, or other device you can read eBooks on? Talk to Ms. Christensen about getting access to thousands of popular eBooks!

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