The Sarah Graham Kenan Library


The Sarah Graham Kenan Library is a bright, contemporary and vibrant center of intellectual life for the students and faculty at Saint Mary’s School supporting the habits of lifelong learners since its dedication in 1966. The Kenan Library was named after alumna and philanthropist Sarah Graham Kenan, class of 1893, whose charitable foundation made the building possible.

This inviting space serves as a "creative commons" where you can work collaboratively with classmates on projects, work with teachers and tutors to continue class lessons, or work individually to research your upcoming history paper or to relax in a quiet corner with a book or magazine. The Kenan Library has more than 33,000 cataloged holdings, including print and electronic books and media. In addition, students have access to current print periodicals and an extensive bound periodical collection providing great historic primary source materials. The library has strong collections in literature, history, religion, the fine arts, women’s studies, current teen fiction and classic novels. It also subscribes to numerous electronic research databases and thousands of humanities eBooks, giving students global access to thousands of reliable online full-text books, scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers, primary source documents, historical videos, photos and images, television and radio transcripts, and other information sources. Students are also able to borrow books and articles through Interlibrary Loan resource sharing and they have access to online and physical information resources of the Wake County Public Library System.

Beyond the building, technology and the books, the Kenan Library is a vital program staffed by enthusiastic, knowledgeable librarians who work in partnership with faculty members, providing ongoing formal and casual instruction on research strategies, information location and evaluation. The Kenan Library staff are dedicated to helping you become an independent, engaged lifetime learner with amazing research and communication skills.

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has generously provided substantial grants making possible extensive facility and interior renovations which have also made it possible to host visual art exhibits, literary events and other programs throughout the year.