What is a Learning Commons?

A Learning Commons is more than a library. It's a physical and virtual space that allows students to be engaged and deepen their learning by critically thinking, problem-solving, collaborating, innovating and communicating. The goal is to broaden student learning beyond the classroom and community. For more information, visit the Alberta Education website

Library Portal (Destiny Discover)

How to access: 

  1. Click here
  2. Select 'Alberta' under 'Location' 
  3. Enter school name 
  4. Click the 'Red Deer Google' box to sign in with your Google account

The Online Reference Centre (ORC) offers a diverse collection of reference and information sources. The ORC is available for Kindergarten - Grade 12 students, teachers and parents through a Grant-in-Aid to The Alberta Library from Alberta Education. The ORC is an excellent resource for research papers and research-based projectsClick here to access the ORC. 

Need help with research project citations?

What is a citation? A citation is a way to give credit or show you have retrieved your information from another place. Citations are used in the text of an essay and at the end of an essay on a separate citation page. Citations are formed by citation styles, which dictates the information and how the information is ordered in the citation, as well as punctuation and other formatting.

Why do we cite? We cite to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is when we claim someone else's information as our own and don't give credit. 

Check out this Citation Libguide for all your citation needs!


3D Printing

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The Learning Commons encourages creativity and design. Check out our 3D PRINTER. For $0.15/g, you can print any 3D design of your creation. Ask the Learning Commons staff for more details. 

Book Recommendation of the Week

the hate u give

The Hate U Give 
By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. -- Goodreads

Where to find this book in the LC: Fiction - F THO