The St Mary’s 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 two libraries which are open every day during term time and house a variety of resources to entertain, support and stretch all our staff and students.
Bodington Library, overlooking the lower sports pitches, houses St Mary’s non-fiction stock, current and back issues of periodicals, and the daily newspapers. There are also twenty-two individual desk spaces for staff and students to work at.
The oak-panelled Oratory Library contains the fiction stock of St Mary’s, which also includes short stories, graphic novels and myths, legends, folk and fairy tales. The Imagination Zone, situated adjacent to Oratory Library and under School House, holds a range of junior non-fiction titles.
In addition to the 17,000-plus books and periodicals, students have access to a range of online resources. These include over 400 e-books, The Day online newspaper for schools, online encyclopaedia Britannica, Grove Art, BMJ, MASSOLIT, and Connell Guides, as well as a variety of online journal databases such as EBSCO and JSTOR, all allowing the use of these resources from home as well as when on school grounds.
The St Mary’s catalogue can also be searched from home as well as on school grounds. Along with the computerised self-issue circulation facilities in both Oratory and Bodington libraries this allows the girls to be in charge of their own borrowing. A library induction programme, as well as information literacy lessons for key intake years, provides the skills required for the girls to grow into independent researchers.
Girls are always encouraged to read for pleasure, nurturing their love of the written word. This is supported by regular author visits. The last few years have seen a plethora of writers talk to our girls, to answer their probing questions and lead our creative writing workshops including; Fleur Hitchcock, Tamara Macfarlane from Moon Lane Ink, Julia Golding, Dave Shelton, Dave Smith, and Teri Terry and we look forward to welcoming more in the coming months!
Dr Penelope James (Librarian) and Mrs Nicki Carnochan (Assistant Librarian)