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.
The extensive collection includes the classics of children’s literature as well as the most recent action adventures.  It contains over 16,000 volumes, magazines, DVDs, 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 read-aloud partnership between grades, the Book Fair, and the Used Book Sale encourage boys to read as much as possible.  The addition of Nook e-readers, Chromebooks, and iPads allows boys to engage in research and explore their interests on a variety of platforms.

All current students have access to the St. Bernard's audiobook collection.  Please click on the Audiobook link below to browse and select a title.  You may then listen to the book on the Destiny Read app after downloading it to your device.  You will need to select the St. Bernard’s School subscription.  St. Bernard’s librarians will be able to assist if you have any difficulties finding it.


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Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The library is open for general use, i.e. parents and caregivers are welcome during the following times:
Mornings: 7:30 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Afternoons: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday

Boys in Grade II and above may visit the library without a parent or caregiver in the mornings before going to their first class.  In the afternoons, boys in Grade IV and above may work in the library independently. 


Please view step-by-step instructions to access the Library Catalog and Audiobooks.


Community Gathering Committee Donates Books to the Library

Over the summer the committee graciously donated over 230 books to the St. Bernard’s Library.  The titles cover diversity of all types from racial, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds to different learning styles and physical disabilities.  There are also books on fairy tales from countries around the globe.  From picture books and beginner readers to adult books, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Importantly, these books help our boys to not only accept, but to appreciate one another’s perceived differences.  Treating those in our community with kindness and respect is something all of us can continually improve upon.  As our St. Bernard’s School Hymn reminds us,

When pride of health and youthful might
Hide from our eyes that kindly light
Which shows us how to fight the fight,
To help the weak, the wrong to right,
Then may we keep the Golden Rule
For home, for country, and for School.
The library invites all members of our community, including parents, to come in and check out a book from the new Community Gathering section.  Librarians Mr. Schwartz and Mrs. Reid worked tirelessly over the summer to thoughtfully select these books and put them into circulation.  Many thanks to the Community Gathering Committee for this thoughtful gift and for all of their good work throughout the year.

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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