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Welcome to St. Mary's Library Learning CommonsThe Learning Commons

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.

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About St. Mary's Library Learning Commons

The St. Mary's Library Learning Commons has lots to offer the SMHS 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

KPL Card

Kitchener Public Library Library Card

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.      

Sora digital booksPlease note: Sora is currently experiencing log-in issues.

The vendor and our Board Office library staff are currently troubleshooting the problem.

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About St. Mary's Library Learning Commons

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Ms. VanderHeideChristine VanderHeide

Secondary Librarian


Phone: 519.745.6892 ext. 5630     |     Email

St. Mary's High School

500 Block Line Road, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2S2

St. Mary's Library Learning Commons is a jointly-use space in partnership with Kitchener Public Library's Country Hills Community Library, so you need a Kitchener Public Library Card to:Kitchener Public Library logo

  • borrow items and place holds
  • access KPL digital content such as eBooks/eAudiobooks, streaming music/videos, and access databases.

Visit the library service desk to sign up for a card (please bring your SMHS student card).

  • If you lose your card, replacement cards are free of charge.
  • Maximum of 100 items per card.
  • Maximum of 4 books on a single subject

Currently, all available items can be borrowed for 3 weeks, and can be renewed 2 times, as long as other customers have not placed holds on the items. See KPL's Loans and Fines page for more details.

All lost or damaged items are the responsibility of the cardholder. Please keep your card safe, and protect your account by not lending your card to others.

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 (school hours) please, and no food or drinks near computers at all times.
  • The WCDSB's Responsible Use of Information Technology and Electronic Data 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 SMHS area.

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:

  • Monday to Thursday 9 AM - 9 PM 
  • Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 5:30 PM

In June, July, and August, the library closes 1/2 hour earlier.

Our library learning commons is shared with the Kitchener Public Library's Country Hills Community Library.  There is something here for you!St. Mary's High School logo

  • Work and study space, including computers 
  • Printers, photocopiers
  • Research resources - books, DVDs, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Help with your research
  • Entertaining books, magazines, DVDs, graphic novels, and more!

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.