The Durocher Library is a bright, comfortable place for study, research and reading. This space opened in September 2010 with an ever-evolving collection of books, periodicals, non-print and digital resources to support and enrich the curriculum. It also provides recreational reading for students and staff.
Our library technicians are Ms. Sheryl Chongva and Ms. Kelsey Jennings. Their goal for the library is to promote reading and research for both knowledge and pleasure. They're here to help students gain information gathering skills for life-long learning.
The library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, when classes are in session.
Students can use the computers in the library and adjacent computer lab throughout the day. This gives them access to the internet, online databases, and the library's online catalogue, which can also be accessed from home and other school computers.
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
The Durocher Library is named in honour of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Her vision that an entire society can be transformed when the minds and hearts of young women are properly formed, inspires the work at St. Mary's Academy. Read our Legacy page to learn more.
We provide students with a variety of resources including:
- SMA Library Catalogue
- The Canadian Encyclopedia
- CIA World Factbook
- Criterion on Demand
- Development and Peace (D&P) - Distant Learning
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- Global Road Warrior
- Khan Academy
- Destiny Discover (Digital books)
- Magic Lantern - Access Videos
- Marshall Cavendish EBooks
- McIntyre Media - Canada Core
- National Film Board
- Owl Purdue
- Printable Maps
- Salem Press
- Statistics Canada
- Strong's Exhaustive Bible Concordance
- Winnipeg Free Press Digital Edition (At school access)
- Winnipeg Free Press - Newspapers in Education (NIE) (remote)
During this time of remote learning, our suppliers have given us access to these resources for learning. The user names and passwords listed on the Necessary credentials page are for personal use only.
Staff and students can access the necessary credentials via a private Office 365 page.
Policies and Procedures
The Library is available for study and research. Conversation and working together in small groups are allowed, as long as this activity does not infringe on the rights of others. No food or drink is allowed. Students are expected to follow the St. Mary’s Academy Code of Conduct at all time in the library. Students presenting disruptive behavior (as listed in the Student Handbook/Agenda) will be asked to leave and may lose library borrowing privileges.
Technology Acceptable Use
Students must abide by the Academy’s Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy. All Internet use applies to any network station at St. Mary’s Academy, including the library. It is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to be aware of the contents of the Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy. Cell phone use for research is permitted in the library, unless otherwise instructed by a classroom teacher. As described in the Student Handbook/Agenda, the cafeteria is the only area in the school where the use of cell phones for personal business is permitted throughout the day.
Most books and back issues of magazines may be checked out for three weeks and can be renewed if necessary. Reference materials may be checked out for overnight use. Students are responsible for any item checked out in their name.
Teachers often request that certain materials be placed on reserve to ensure equal access to those items for all class members. These items may be checked out at 3:30 p.m. for overnight use. They must be returned the following morning by 8:30 a.m.
Items not returned by the due date will be considered overdue. Overdue notices will be sent to the student’s school email. Students with items more than 3 weeks overdue will receive a written notice to return material or face possible detention.