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St. Mary's Learning Commons: Staff

The Learning Commons What can your librarians do for you? 

Your high school librarians can provide assistance and resources for your classes. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Since we are part-time, it is best to include both email addresses when emailing us (Mrs. Wohlgemut | Ms. VanderMeer)

Teachers may book the library online using the Computers/Labs/Library Google doc.

How we can help

Help finding resources for your lessons

We can locate relevant and reliable resources to support a classroom topic, e.g., a video about memory; newspaper articles about missing and murdered indigenous women; or, books about mental health issues.


Help identifying program area resources

We can come to your department/area meetings and update you on the best online and print resources we have for your subject area

E.g. Science:

  • Science in Context – good coverage of many disciplines
  • GVRL – books on the solar system
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center – biology and medicine

Do you want better quality assignments from your students? Do you have college or university classes that need practice finding better sources for their work? Are the works cited pages you get a list of questionable links? We can help!

Help with class research projects

Instructional sessions (basic or advanced) for your class about:

  • research process
  • databases and how to use them to get reliable and relevant information;
  • finding books in the library catalogue (subjects, limits, holds)
  • making citations/works cited/bibliographies
  • evaluating web sources
  • advanced searching tips (e.g. Boolean, subject searching) in databases or in Google

Individual consultations with staff or students

Creation of a library webpage with resource links specific to your course and/or a specific assignment


Help with assignment design


  • design worksheets on a research skill to use with a particular assignment (e.g. finding subject terms for a topic…)
  • provide advice on which topics are covered in our book and online resources;
  • suggest databases that could be mandatory resources for an assignment;
  • help make novel lists for ISUs

Individual suggestions

We can suggest books for pleasure reading or assignment reading


Instructional sessions

We can demo databases like NoveList (where you can find a book by genre, year, topic, setting, etc.)


  • You can borrow items from other library branches – both in the Kitchener Public Library and the board – and they will be sent to you here at the school
  • We have DVDs in a professional room – they are not listed in the KPL library catalogue
  • We can pull relevant books off the shelves and have them ready for your class to use along with computers
  • We have audiobooks and e-books
  • We have dozens of subscription research databases
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GAFE & Gale databases

Gale Databases and GAFE


Did you know that many Gale databases are integrated with Google Apps for Education (GAFE)? You can share Gale database resources in Google Classroom, and download resources to Google Drive. 

To learn how to use resources from Gale databases in GAFE:

Gale and Google: Share to Google Classroom Integration Tip Sheet (.PDF)


Video: Using Google Drive With Your Gale Resources
Gale Cengage Learning)

About St. Mary's Learning Commons

Mrs. Wohlgemut  (Mon., Wed. am, Thurs.)

Ms. VanderMeer (Tues., Wed. pm, Friday)

Phone: (519) 745-6892, ext. 5630

St. Mary's High School, 1500 Block Line Road, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2S2

You need a KPL CARD to borrow items, place holds or access KPL eBooks and databases

  • Replacement cards are $2.00
  • Maximum of 100 items per card.
  • Maximum of 4 books on a single subject

You can borrow books for 3 weeksDVDs for 1 week, and magazines for 1 week. See more Loan Periods and Fines

Kitchener Public Library

All lost or damaged items are the responsibility of the card holder. Do NOT loan out your card.

  • There is an additional $5.00 processing fee for lost/damaged items.
  • Check out Loan Periods and Fines.
  • Renew your items online.
  • Fines of $20.00 and more cancel your borrowing privileges.
  • Fines of $30.00 and more may be sent to a collection agency.
  • The library gives two overdue notices.

Student behaviour expectations Include good manners and respectful consideration for all users both during and after school.

  • SMHS students need to be in uniform during the school day (including spares and lunches).
  • No Food or Drink between 9:05 and 3:10, please.
  • WCDSB Acceptable Use Policy is in effect on school library computers. School related work takes precedence
  • Some seating and computer restrictions apply to students during the school day. 

Hours during the school year are:

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00-9:00 (June, July and August until 8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday 9:00-5:00
  • Saturday 9:00-5:00

Our library is shared with the KPL Country Hills Public Library.  There is something here for you!

St. Mary's High School

  • Work and study space, including computers 
  • Printers, photocopiers
  • Resources for your research - books, DVDs, online databases and e-books
  • Help with your research
  • Entertaining books, magazines, graphic novels, and more!
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