The library at St Mary’s is based at the front of the school and provides students with an excellent and supportive learning resource. The facility can comfortably accommodate up to forty students at a time, holds several thousand printed materials (books, journals, magazines and newspapers) and a bank of computers. It is staffed by a full-time, qualified librarian who is helped by a team of library monitors.
The library is open every school day between 8.00am and 4.00pm. Students are actively encouraged to use the library outside of lessons for private research, homework and leisure reading. They can also take part in a library-run chess club as well as buy school equipment from its stationery store.
As part of the English curriculum, Year 7 students enjoy fortnightly reading lessons in the library. These are designed to develop students’ literacy skills and to encourage reading for pleasure. Throughout the year, the library gives all students at St Mary’s a range of opportunities to join reading groups, take part as judges in local and national book awards, and to attend author events.