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 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 and current periodicals, as well as having 22 individual desk spaces for staff and students to work at.
The oak-panelled Oratory Library contains the fiction stock of St Mary’s, daily newspapers and back issues of the periodicals.
Gabriel Library, situated under School House, holds a range of poetry, short stories, graphic novels and junior non-fiction titles.
In addition to the 22,000-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 encyclopaedias Britannica and World Book, Grove Art and Digital Theatre Plus, 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, provide 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 and literary related trips, such as visits to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival to hear Patrick Ness talk, and a trip to a local library to hear visiting author, Sophia Bennett, speak. 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!
Dr Penelope James (Librarian) and Mrs Kelly Fuller (Assistant Librarian)