St. Martin’s Libraries are places where reading and research expand the walls of the classroom to the wider world. The collections empower students to develop a lifelong love of reading and offer resources to satisfy curiosity. Librarians in the faculty teach students the analytical skills necessary for media and information literacy in the information age.
The Libraries, following the Integrated Framework of the American Association of School Librarians, teach skills that encourage inquiry, seeking out a multitude of voices and perspectives, collaboration, exploration, and engagement as Digital Citizens. During formal class instruction, attention is given to the use of both well-curated print resources and digital database resources, as well as resources from local archives and collections.
St. Martin's librarians strive to serve students in their independent research and recreational reading through our outstanding, diverse collections tailored to meet the needs of students, faculty, and families.
The library faculty also collaborate closely with the classroom teachers to support the curriculum, embedding instruction into virtual classrooms and online work, 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. Each library offers an extensive collection of print and digital resources.
The libraries create inviting and comfortable environments to foster the love of reading as well as engage students in research, project-based learning, and the pursuit of personal interests. Both libraries host literary events throughout the school year featuring authors, illustrators and other guest speakers to address our students and broaden their perspectives.
Lower School Library (George Cottage - Grade 4)
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Martin Family Library (Grades 5-12)
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
StM's Online Library catalog can be accessed from anywhere by clicking here. Students are able to log into personal accounts to reserve materials, review books, or see what has been checked out.
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 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 provides access to many databases with full-text resources (periodicals, books, reports) covering several academic disciplines.
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.