St. Martin's has two well-utilized libraries, and the Library Program reflects the needs and growth of the entire StM community. The collection, as well as the instruction of Library Skills, is curriculum-oriented, as illustrated by (1) classroom collaboration involving library use; (2) the continuation of the Accelerated Reading Program in the Lower School Library/Learning Commons; and (3) several academic databases which augment the substantial collection in the Martin Family Library/Learning Commons, the Library for the Middle and Upper Schools. Through these resources and the Middle and Upper Schools' laptop and other digital programs, students have access to information and ideas unlimited by walls and campus boundaries. As always the Library Program continues its mission of developing well-rounded students by giving them the skills to become avid readers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators.

Lower School Library/Learning Commons

It is the St. Martin's philosophy that books are the windows to the world.  In the 16,000 volumes found in our Lower School Library Learning Commons, students learn to conduct research, escape into fiction, and explore special interests. Everything about the library is warm and inviting. Students can relax in the comfortable-- recently renovated-- library setting, and they often gather on the risers to have a book read to them.  Lower School students use the Lower School Library from grades George Cottage (ages 2 -3 years) through grade 5, and classes visit once per week for storytelling, book selection, dramatizations, and an introduction to circulation procedures. They are welcome to come to the library whenever they wish to conduct research or browse for additional books. One of the highlights of the year is the Author Fest, which introduces children to nationally known writers and illustrators. This personal exposure to famous authors instills a love of reading at a very early age.  With the addition of the Accelerated Reader Program in 2006, Lower School students have increased their interest in pleasure reading. Caldecott Award-winning books are introduced in kindergarten. First-graders learn how to care for and handle books, as well as how to choose their own books. In second grade, the use of the library computer is taught so that students will be able to search independently for books. In third grade, students are introduced to the Dewey Decimal System, and the nonfiction and biography sections. In fourth grade, Newbery Award-winning books are introduced, and students are taught to use reference materials including books and academic databases for research projects. In fifth grade, students continue to refine their library skills for independent study. The recently refurbished LS Library/Learning Commons is comprised of the traditional library and the Information Literacy Center where classes will come for research skills in the digital environment

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Martin Family Library/Learning Commons

The Martin Family Library, with its warm and inviting atmosphere, is the literal and figurative heart of the Middle and Upper Schools. Within a Learning Commons environment, students continue the fun and excitement of research and pleasure-reading that students experienced in the Lower School Library/Learning Commons.  You'll find it all in the Martin Family Library, which serves the Middle and Upper Schools. This 30,000-volume collection has been carefully selected by the librarians and faculty to reflect the school's curricula. In addition to the core collection of books, the Library also houses reference books, periodicals, newspapers, DVDs and VHS videos, and audio-visual equipment. Students are also provided the use of desktop computers whenever necessary, and they have the use of electrically-wired study carrels in order to accommodate their laptops. With wireless technology, the library truly lends itself to a well-rounded research experience. The ultimate goal of the Martin Family Library is to help students acquire a high level of Information Literacy and a passion for reading that extends well beyond what is required for their academic work. 

All Middle School students are given an initial orientation to the Martin Family Library including a review of research techniques and scavenger hunt projects so that they will be aware of the various locations in the library. Throughout the year the students are provided with opportunities to develop search strategies for research projects by visiting the Library with each academic discipline, thereby gaining a thorough understanding of the uses of library resources: books, online sources, periodicals, and the Internet, as well as the importance of documentation and evaluating websites. Library projects are developed by librarians and classroom teachers and often culminate in student presentations and special activities, such as the Elizabethan Experience and Asia Day. Reading incentive activities include the Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Awards, the Middle School/Upper School Book Fair, and interdisciplinary pleasure reading.

Expectations regarding library skills of Upper School students include further refinement of search strategies and more sophisticated use of resources, more experience with online searching with an emphasis on academic database-use, the evaluation of websites, and an introduction to university libraries. In August of each year, all new students and freshmen participate in library orientation, after which library skills are presented within the context of library projects in each discipline. The initial skills lessons are scheduled visits in which appropriate reference sources are taught. Pleasure-reading is encouraged in the Upper School by providing such reading-incentive programs as author visits and the Summer Reading Programs in which each school year begins with informal student book discussion groups. The skill-sets taught in the Martin Family Library are selected to ensure that St. Martin's students will be well prepared for their college experience by emphasizing Reading, Information Literacy and Responsible and skilled use of technology.


Catalog Databases, and Reference Availability at STM:

Search the Libraries - Online catalog for the Martin Family Library and the Lower School Library/Learning Commons collections.


Congressional Quarterly. CQ Researcher--database of topical articles regarding social issues
Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------EBSCOhost---includes 12 databases with full-text resources (periodicals, books, reports) covering all academic disciplines.

Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password

Grove Art Online -- contains more than 45,000 articles covering both the fine arts...painting, sculpture, and architecture...and the decorative arts...ceramics, textiles, jewelry, interior design, furniture, glass, metalwork.
Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password


Grove Music Online - includes the full text of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd edition), the 4-volume New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and the 3-volume New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd edition). Also includes over 47,000 articles, Sibelius-enabled musical examples, and extensive links to musical sites on the Internet.
Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password
JSTOR -- Archival journal database
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LexisNexis - database of world wide newspapers, transcripts, & regional magazines
Remote access:  None

Oxford English Dictionary -- searches all volumes of the print edition in finding a term when you know the meaning but have forgotten the word. Find words that have come into English via a particular language, and search for quotations from a particular author or a specified year. Display entries according to your needs - turn pronunciation, etymologies, variant spellings, and quotations on and off. With 3 million quotations covering over 1000 years of the English language, the OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.
Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password

World Book Online-the online version of the The World Book Encyclopedia.

Remote Access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password

World Religion Database - contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surverys, as well as a definitive picture of international religious demography for the period 1900 to 2050 and is continually updated.

Remote access: See Sharepoint for Username and Password.


 Other Libraries


Jefferson Parish Public Library -- 

New Orleans Public Library--


State Library of Louisiana --

     (Offers Talking Books and Braille services)



University of New Orleans --


Louisiana State University Library--

Tulane University--

Loyola University--




Historic New Orleans Collection--  Museum, Research Center, and Publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South Region

Library of Congress --   Washington, D.C.

Internet Public Library--   Online Library for students and             teachers


Evaluation of Websites

Kathy Schrock's Guide To Everything-  Portal page to technology resource supports sites in many areas; i.e., website evaluation, information literacy, assessment and rubrics, critical evaluation.

U. of Maine--

Plagiarism & Citing Sources


MLA Handbook--
Duke University--

Copyright Guidelines

American Library Association--
Stanford University--    ;


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