Welcome to the Howell Library!

Named for the school’s founding headmaster, the Jesse L. Howell, Jr. Library seeks to foster the search for knowledge and to encourage reading for pleasure.
The Howell Library hours of operation are 7:30-3:30 Monday through Friday.


Before the school buildings were completed, the holdings of what was to become the Howell Library were already being assembled. Jane Bailey, the founding librarian at Jackson Prep, ordered books and had them delivered to her home for cataloging and processing. When the facility was complete, the books were ready to be shelved. Thus, the library opened when the school did and has been an integral part of academics on the campus from the very beginning.

In 1997 the Library relocated to its present position in the McRae Building. In this space the library serves all grades equally well and lies at the very heart of the campus.
The Library’s mission is to support the school curriculum at all levels, to foster information literacy among users and to encourage students to become independent readers, critical researchers, and ethical users of information in a variety of formats. Librarians support faculty by assisting teachers in planning and implementing class projects employing the resources of the Library.

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  • About the Collection

    The Howell Library collects with an eye towards fulfilling the needs of the curriculum, encompassing all areas of study at Jackson Prep. In addition, the Library also collects pleasure reading materials intended to appeal to the varying age groups of the students.

    The Howell Library offers a variety of formats:
    • Nearly 20,000 books
    • More than 50 periodicals and newspapers
    • Five subscription online databases
    • Extensive audio-visual holdings
    • Networked computers for student use
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Printers for both color and black and white
    • Photocopier for student use
  • The Mississippi Room

    A prominent feature of the Howell Library is The Mississippi Room, an area set aside to house a special collection.  Books about Mississippi, about Mississippians and by Mississippians are grouped in this room, as are other state-related holdings.  Also found here is the Eudora Welty collection.  Donated to the Howell Library by Miss Welty herself, this collection comprises art, photos, awards, and signed first editions.  Other Mississippi author memorabilia is also found in the Mississippi Room.  Students are always welcome!
  • Using the Library

    The library is a place for quiet study, reading, and research where students and teachers are welcome. Teachers who wish to bring their classes to the library should schedule their visit with the librarians. Students who want a quiet place to read or study are free to visit the library during their unscheduled time or during study hall with the permission of their teacher.  Use of the library is a privilege, not a right, and students must respect the library and its rules to retain that privilege. All school regulations apply in the library, including the computer use policy.
  • Library Policies

    Books may be checked out in two ways. The term for regular check-out is two weeks but may be renewed for an additional two weeks. Overnight check-out is at teacher discretion; books are obtained after school and must be returned before class begins the next morning.

    Overdue fines for regular books are $.10 per day and for overnight books are $.10 per class period, or $.60 per day.

    Should a student lose a book, the replacement cost will be charged.

    All books and materials are turned in at the end of each semester. Students are not permitted to take their exams until all library obligations have been cleared. It is best to tend to these matters early!
  • About the Librarian

    Norma Cox received her BAE degree in Library Science from Ole Miss. She has previously worked as a K-12 librarian and as a reference librarian at Biola University in La Mirada, California. For the past several years, she has been a bookseller at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson and authored the book, Camp DeSoto: A History.

    She brings to Jackson Prep a lifelong passion for reading and libraries, and hopes to share that enthusiasm with students and faculty.
  • Gifts to the Library

    The Howell Library gratefully accepts donations of books under these conditions:
    • Books must be in good condition, hardbacks preferred.
    • Books must make a positive contribution to the collection.
    • Books that we cannot use will be donated to another institution.
    Monetary gifts are also welcome and offer the possibility of an honorarium or a memorial. Contact Stacey Ferreri, Director of Institutional Advancement for more information.


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