Student Experience


St. Martin’s Libraries are an extension of the classroom.  In addition to empowering students to develop a lifelong love of reading, our library faculty encourage students to develop the critical and analytical skills necessary for true media literacy in the information age. These skills promote a solid foundation in the principles of academic research by evaluating a variety of media and publication types, creating citations, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of print versus digital media, respecting digital citizenship, promoting online safety, and developing presentation and publication techniques.  During formal class instruction, attention is given to the use of both traditional sources of the highest academic standard, and the 21st century digital resources that we know our students are accessing on a daily basis as they pursue their own information needs outside of school. Our library faculty strive to serve students in their independent research and recreational reading through our outstanding diverse collections that are tailored to meet the needs of students, faculty, and families.  The library faculty also collaborate closely with the classroom teachers to support the curriculum, ensuring the comprehensive information literacy integration found across all academic divisions. 

St. Martin's Episcopal School has two libraries to serve students of all ages. The Martin Family Library serves the Middle and Upper School. The George Cottage and Lower School are served by the Lower School Library. The libaries offer an extensive collection, which includes books, periodicals, videos, CDs, and other materials. The libraries create an inviting and comfortable environment to engage in research, work on assignments, and pursue personal interests. 

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Lower School Library (Cottage - Fifth Grade)
Monday - Friday 7:30-3:00

Martin Family Library (Sixth Grade - Twelfth Grade )
Monday - Friday 7:30-4:00

The libraries at St. Martin's offer several resources to assist students. 

List of 8 items.

  • Library Catalog

    StM's Online Library catalog can be accessed from anywhere by downloading the Desting Quest app or by clicking here. Students are able to log into personal accounts to reserve materials, review books, or see what has been checked out.
  • Accelerated Reader Home Connect

    The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Home Connect improves the school-to-home connection by allowing parents and students to log in to a website and view the student’s progress towards goals. Access promotes discussion, which motivates students and can make reading even more effective.
  • CQ Researcher

    CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.
  • EBSCO Host

    EBSCO provides access to many databases with full-text resources (periodicals, books, reports) covering several academic disciplines.
  • Foreign Affairs Online

    Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. Foreign Affairs is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas. (Learn more about CFR in this short video.)

    Librarians provide unique log in information to students for this resource. 

    JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 to help academic libraries and publishers. JSTOR currently includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education. JSTOR has digitized more than 50 million pages and continues to digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.
  • New Scientist Online

    New Scientist is a UK-based weekly English-language international science magazine, founded in 1956. New Scientist covers current developments, news, reviews and commentary on science and technology. It also prints speculative articles, ranging from the technical to the philosophical.

    Librarians provide unique log in information to students for this resource. 
  • Oxford English Dictionary

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.