The library, dedicated to the school’s founder, John C. Jenkins, has been described as the heart of the school.  It fosters a life-long love of reading and learning for the entire community.
Our extensive collection includes the classics of children’s literature as well as recently published fiction and nonfiction books.  It contains over 18,000 volumes, magazines, digital books, and electronic databases.  The library provides students with a quiet place in which to read and reflect.  It is also a lively center of research and exploration. Junior School boys choose books in the relaxed atmosphere of their own reading room.  Older boys study at large tables or in individual carrels. 

Participation in programs such as the Kronengold Visiting Author series, the Book Fair, and the Used Book Sale encourages boys to read as much as possible.  Chromebooks and iPads allow boys to engage in research and explore their interests on a variety of platforms.

Parents are encouraged to borrow books and to take advantage of all the library resources.  All parents have access to our collection of eBooks and audiobooks.  Please click on the Sora link below to browse and select a title.  Audiobooks provide a unique way for families to enjoy books together.  MackinVIA provides the gateway for students, faculty, and parents to the library’s many databases, educational websites, and digital research resources.  Please reach out to the librarians with any questions or for assistance.


Kate Reid, Library Director
212-289-2878 x346

Guy Schwartz, Librarian
212-289-2878 x346

Kate Cannon, Library Assistant
212-289-2878 x346

Library Hours

The library is open for general use before and after school.

7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Boys in Grade II and above may visit the library without a parent or caregiver in the mornings before going to their first class.  Kindergarten and Grade I students must be accompanied by an adult.

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Monday - Thursday
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Friday

In the afternoons, boys in Grade IV and above may work in the library independently.  Junior School boys may come to the library after school as long as they are accompanied by an adult.


Library News

The Community Book offers a chance for teachers and students across different grades to share the experience of reading a book together.  After reading the book over the summer, grades V-IX spent a morning discussing their thoughts.

This year’s selection was The Wednesday Wars, a work of historical fiction by Gary Schmidt set in 1960s.  The story follows a boy dealing with the challenges of seventh grade and the often strained relationships with his family and teachers.

In an assembly in the Small Gym, three eighth graders and three faculty members gave a speech about aspects of The Wednesday Wars that interested them most.  After the assembly, students were directed to classrooms throughout the building for small group discussions. At lunchtime, Chef Mizquiri treated the boys to cream puffs which were featured in the book. 

Many thanks to the library and the English department for organizing another successful community book. 

New Arrivals

— Russell Pennoyer '65

Oscar Wilde, the great playwright, once wrote, Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.’  Obviously, he didn’t have the benefit of a St. Bernard’s education.  I, on the other hand, did, and when asked about my own schooling, I often find myself wanting to answer, I graduated from Choate, Harvard, and Columbia Law School, but I was educated at St. Bernard’s.

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