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Welcome to St. Mary's Library Learning Commons

WelcomeThe Learning Commons to St. Mary's Library Learning Commons! 

For research and assignment help, see the red tabs above. 

During this time of adapted learning access to the physical library is limited, but all online resources are still available.


Accessing databases from home will require passwords. If you don't remember the passwords, please email Ms. VanderMeer for help.

Research and Citation Help

Check out the research help page for suggested databases and websites. You will also find links to Ms. VanderMeer's presentations on citations for various style guides, and links different citation makers. If you can't find what you need, please email Ms. VanderMeer.

Books and Reading

If you're looking for something to do during your time of social distancing, why not read an e-book or listen to an e-audiobook? You can download the SORA app to your phone or tablet, or read on your computer or Chromebook in your browser. Check out the SORA section further down this page for more information. You can also borrow e-books from the KPL using your KPL card. (If you don't already have a KPL card, you can apply for one online and get access to all of their online content!) If you're looking for a book title you can't find, please email Ms. VanderMeer.

Stay safe everyone!

About St. Mary's Library Learning Commons

The St. Mary's Library Learning Commons has lots to offer the SMH community:

  • Print and online resources for your assignments
  • Books for leisure reading, including audiobooks and graphic novels
  • Help with research and citations
  • Study space
  • Computers with a networked printer and Chromebooks

New Books at SMH

Check out the display board in the SMH area of the library to see our new titles

We get new books for the library on a regular basis. Take a peek at the New Book display in the St. Mary's area of the library for both fiction and information books. If there are titles you would like to see in our library, please speak to Ms. VanderMeer.


Find Information

Favourite Online Sources (other options listed under Reliable Online Information tab):


Books, Videos, and more:

Eagles Read

See what other Eagles are reading and recommend a book you enjoyed!

Recommend a book! 


Check out suggestions from the Kitchener Public Library


Coming soon: Find out what other Eagles are reading

Tweets by SMH Library Learning Commons

About St. Mary's Learning Commons

Ms. VanderMeer, St. Mary's Librarian

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 9:00 and 3:10, please, and no food or drinks near computers at all times.
  • 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. Students, please be in the SMH area.

Hours during the school year are:

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00-9:00 
  • Friday 9:00-5:30
  • Saturday 9:00-5:30
During June, July, and August the library closes 1/2 hour earlier

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!