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A New Library

Our vision is to enable our girls to be creative, bold and analytical thinkers. We aim to create a first class facility at St Mary’s to support our outstanding teaching and learning and to encourage girls to work both collaboratively and independently. The new library will be a lively academic hub of the school - a place which will instil a love of reading, research and learning, encouraging exploration and the pursuit of knowledge, as well as collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

Library View from Orchard

There will be small breakout rooms as well as individual work spaces, informal areas as well as formal; it will have more in common with modern university libraries – not a completely quiet, controlled space but a place where the girls want to hang out, pursue their broad range of interests and make the most of the technology available.

The library will be a bright, airy, modern, comfortable, warm and fun space. It will be free from the stuffiness that one sometimes finds in many older libraries. Traditional library spaces can sometimes look like a repository for books as if one has not thought about those who use the space.

Work has commenced on the new library for St Mary’s and the project is due to finish in June 2020.   We are looking forward to an exciting year of watching our fabulous new library take shape.

Please click here to see the architect’s Virtual Reality film of the library.

Please click here to watch a Time Lapse video of the Library build progress so far.

Please click here to read about the Library 'Topping Out' Ceremony

Below is a slide show of photographs of the build progress. Click on any photograph for full screen view.

Library Build

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