About C.V. Starr Library

The C. V. Starr Library supports the school’s mission of “nurturing the whole person: body, mind, and spirit,” through the activity of reading aloud and the subsequent learning that comes from sharing books. Reading provides “mirrors and windows” by which and through which we develop an understanding of ourselves and our world. A heighten sense of empathy develops from the exposure of books that reflect a reader’s culture and identity, as well as having access to books that allows students to peek into the lives of those that are different from them. During library, students are reminded that they are in charge of their learning. Beginning in JK, students are encouraged to explore the library’s collection to find books that satisfy their curiosity, nurture their personal or academic interests, or to read and experience the ultimate escapism. The library is invested in helping parents raise readers, because “the child who reads becomes an adult who thinks,” and he or she will be more prepared to “understand and contribute to a diverse, changing world.” 

General Information

Borrowing Books


Online Databases

The library's research databases are valuable collections of copyright-protected articles from various age-appropriate periodicals, encyclopedias, primary sources, videos and more.  Using databases provides our students access to professionally written articles that have been evaluated for authority and credibility. The school library subscribes to the following databases listed below.

Lower Division

Upper Division

Sora: eBooks and Audiobooks

Sora is a user-friendly app that lets you access St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's eBooks through your laptop, phone, or tablet.  You can install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to the Sora website. If you’re new to Sora, click here to watch a quick video that will help you get started. As a reminder, students will need their St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's library card number.  Please email Ms. Perna for your child’s library card number.


Ms. Perna's Recommended Reading Lists


Library News

Librarian Angela Perna Joins New York Times Discussion on “How to Raise a Reader”

In a school full of book lovers, Angela Perna is the “head reader.” As the school librarian, she presides over the C.V. Starr Library and Learning Center and its collection of nearly 24,000 volumes, a host of online resources, and lists of book recommendations for every occasion: summer reading, holidays/cultural celebrations, grief and hardship, and more.

Alumna Author Offers Lesson in “Living History”

An accomplished alumna returned to St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s to share the fruits of her scholarship with students, faculty, parents, and alumni. Anne C. Bailey ‘82, a professor of history and African American studies at SUNY Binghamton, offered excerpts from The Weeping Time, which chronicles one of the largest slave auctions in American history.