We are gradually reopening!
Limited seating is available in the learning commons area (blue chairs).
SMHS staff/students: please use only the learning commons area for seating during the school day (9 AM - 2:45 PM); the Kitchener Public Library has limited seating that is reserved for community visitors.
SMHS staff/students are asked to socially distance (2 metres), wear masks, and sanitize their hands when visiting the library.
As before, no food or drink is permitted in the library.
The learning commons area is not available for sitting/eating during the lunch period (11:35 AM -12:15 PM) due to the whole school sharing one lunch period. Quick, socially distanced visits to the library are permitted (library card help, returning/picking up books) to follow provincial guidelines for occupancy limits.
In-library class visits have not yet resumed due to occupancy limits. If you would like research or citation presentations, Ms. VanderHeide can arrange an in-class visit or virtual presentation.
Book exchanges for small groups (less than 12 preferred) can be arranged through Ms. VanderHeide, as the schedule and occupancy limits allow.
The St. Mary's Library Learning Commons has lots to offer the SMHS community:
To use the SMHS/KPL Country Hills library you need a Kitchener Public Library card. Please print off this form, fill it out, and bring it to the library service desk.
Educators: Have multiple students who need cards?
1. Print off this form for each student and have students fill them out.
2. Either put the completed forms in the Library mailbox in the Staff Room, or bring them to KPL staff service desk in the library. Please deliver at least 24 hours before the cards are needed.
3. Ms. VanderHeide will deliver the prepared library cards to your staff room mailbox when ready.
Did you know? You can add KPL access to your WCDSB Sora account; follow these instructions.
Check out the display board in the SMHS area of the library to see our new titles
New books are added on a regular basis. See the New Book display in the St. Mary's area of the library for both fiction and nonfiction books. If there are titles you would like to see in our library, please speak to the Librarian.
Please note: Sora is currently experiencing log-in issues.
The vendor and our Board Office library staff are currently troubleshooting the problem.
Visit the library service desk to sign up for a card (please bring your SMHS student card).
Student behaviour expectations Include good manners and respectful consideration for all users both during and after school.
During COVID-19 restrictions Kitchener Public Library's hours are: Monday to Thursday 9 AM - 7 PM; Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM.
Since the Region of Waterloo is in Stage 1 of the Ontario Reopening plan, the library is currently set up for curbside pickup only.
Hours during a regular school year are:
In June, July, and August, the library closes 1/2 hour earlier.
St. Mary's High School acknowledges that the land on which we live, teach, and learn today is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral People. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.