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.” 

Mon.-Fri.: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Librarian is available from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m and can be reached by email at aperna@sthildas.org.

Library Resources

Print Collection
23,000+ print collection with an emphasis on early childhood and middle school resource
18 periodical subscriptions

Online Digital eBook and Audio Collection
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.



Borrowing Books

How many books can students borrow?
The number of books students may borrow from the library will depend on their grade level. Students in JK, SK and Grade 1 may borrow one book during their weekly visit to the library. Starting in grade 2, the number of books a student may borrow is equivalent to their grade level. For example, two books in grade 2, three books in grade 3, four books in grade 4 and so on. 

How long may books be borrowed?
The loan period for all students in the Lower School is one week. Students in the Upper School may borrow books for two weeks. Books can be renewed provided the item is not on hold for another student. Parents may also borrow books on behalf of their children.  Books borrowed outside the hours of the school day are lent out under a parent’s library account. The latter also applies to students in the beginners and nursery programs. 

What about overdue, damaged or lost books?
One of the perks of our library is that we do not charge late fees. If a book is lost or damaged, the borrower is expected to pay a replacement cost. This will ensure that the school maintains a high-quality collection for future students.