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The St. John’s library is a vibrant place within the school where students extend their classroom learning, use technology tools and explore the worlds awaiting them in books. Our library’s mission is to:

  • be an integral part of the School and our community,
  • provide a collaborative learning environment for all students,
  • offer relevant resources and instruction for all library users,
  • encourage effective use of ideas and information, and
  • promote lifelong reading and learning, both for informational/research purposes and for pleasure

More than 11,000 Books

Our library houses more than 11,000 books, aimed at all ages and interests. We subscribe to several research databases and are exploring ways to expand our eBook collection. The library is a place for instruction, study, and relaxation reading. Lower School students have scheduled library lessons and checkout days. Middle School students may check out before or after School, during class library time (when applicable), or whenever they have permission from a teacher.

Visiting Authors

St. John's welcomes many visiting authors, alternating between Lower and Middle School student interests. Authors engage students with activities, demonstrations, role-playing, informative talks, and workshops. Previous visitors include multiple award-winner Jason Reynolds; National Book Award-winner Neal Shusterman; two-time Newberry-honor winners Gary D. Schmidt and Jennifer L. Holm; Caldecott-honor illustrator Janet Stevens; award-winning author/illustrators Tedd Arnold and Steven Kellogg; and the irrepressible author Aaron Reynolds.


User names and passwords for all databases and eBook collections can either be found on your RenWeb page or can be obtained from the librarian.