Library Mission Statement: The libraries aim to be a resource that can be used by staff and students to support teaching, learning and research, as well as extend individuals both academically and personally by housing quality resources in welcoming facilities.
St Mary’s has three libraries which are open every day throughout term time and house a variety of resources to entertain, support and stretch all our staff and students.
Both the Gabriel Library and the Oratory Library contain the fiction stock of St Mary’s, with the oak-panelled Oratory also holding current issues of periodicals and daily newspapers.
Bodington Library overlooks the lower sports pitches and houses the school’s non-fiction stock, with twenty two individual desk spaces for staff and students to work from.
In addition to the 22,000-plus books and an archive of periodicals, students can also borrow audio and e-books and have access to a variety of online journal databases via the School VLE, which allows use of the resources from home as well as when on school grounds.
Oratory and Bodington libraries both have computerised self-issue circulation facilities and a library induction programme takes place every year, as well as additional information literacy lessons throughout a girl's academic career at St Mary's. Girls are encouraged to continue reading for pleasure by regular author visits and literary related trips, such as weekend trips to the Jane Austen Experience in Bath and visits to the Bath Kids' Lit Fest. The last few years have seen a plethora of writers talk to our girls, to answer their probing questions and lead us in our creative writing days including; Michael Morpurgo, Cathy Hopkins, Nicola Morgan, Dave Shelton and Teri Terry and we look forward to welcoming more in the coming months!
Mrs Charlotte Taylor-Smith (Librarian)