Seattleā€™s Jesuit College Prep School Since 1891

McKay Library

Department Overview

The Librarians

Seattle Prep’s two full-time librarians partner with teachers in a number of departments to instruct students about information literacy. Librarians provide instruction sessions to full classes as well as one-on-one with individual students. Library instruction is rooted within the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and the AASL 21st-Century Learner Standards, ensuring that Prep students graduate with the tools necessary to find information, critically assess it, and use it in service of creating new knowledge.


The Space

The McKay Library in Adelphia Memorial Hall serves as an academic hub throughout the day for members of our community. Students and faculty/staff have access to group seating, a designated quiet study room, and flexible instructional areas in a welcoming environment that supports the learner’s needs.


The Collection

Our collection includes access to our 10,000 physical volumes, 3,000+ eBooks and audiobooks, 26 research databases, and 24/7 access to digital resources through our OneNote Notebook. Librarians also curate specific resource guides for individual classes on an as-needed basis.


Summer Reading

In conjunction with the English Department the library offers a school-wide summer reading program every year where adults across campus sponsor one-time book group with students.

Click here for more information about the program.


    Meet Our Librarians

    Library Director Liz Borgen, MLIS came to Prep in 2013. A graduate of the University of Washington (BA in English Literature and MLIS in Information Science), Liz’s work at Prep focuses on teaching information literacy as it intersects with technology, the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, and social justice. Apart from her role as Library Director, Liz moderates the student Feminist Interest Group.

    Liz lives in West Seattle with her family. In her spare time you can find her taking neighborhood walks, reading, or doing a crossword.

    Katie Lovejoy ‘97, MLIS

    Librarian Katie Lovejoy joined the Prep library in 2015. Katie has deep roots in Catholic education, not only as a Prep graduate but as a former faculty member for St. Pius X and Our Lady of the Lake. She earned her BA in Integral Liberal Arts from St. Mary’s College and a MLIS from the University of Washington’s Information School, and in addition to running much of the programming for the Prep library serves as an unofficial archivist for the school’s historical materials.

    Katie is a lifelong Northeast Seattle native. When she’s not at Prep, she enjoys reading, travel, napping, and spending time with her family.