The library is located on the first floor of the Canterbury block where the 6th Form is located on the ground floor. It is a light, bright and airy space, with seating for over 60 students as well as study tables and computers. The Library is a safe and supported environment for both students and staff to work, read or carry out research from books and computers. Students should work quietly at all times and respect the needs of others to keep this place a peaceful environment. There is a quiet study area for 6th Formers and a Staff Work Area.

The Library is open daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm.


Staff currently working in the library are:

Mrs Best

Mrs Dennis

Eclipse library software gives students access to the library resources catalogue. Click logo above to view.

Library Stock and Resources

  • Fiction, dyslexia friendly titles, non-fiction, text books, and magazines are available
  • Students may borrow up to 2 books for 2 weeks.
  • Students have access to computers and a printer during break times, as well as before and after school. They have their own space to store files and are provided with their own log-ins at the beginning of Year 7 or when they join the school. E-mail addresses are assigned to each student which they can access at school, at home or any computer connected to the internet.
  • Stationery Shop – a wide selection of pens, pencils, paper, calculators etc are available to buy from the Library counter at cost price, during break times.
  • The library also issues locker keys for a fee at the beginning of each academic year.
  • The school subscribes to Devon School Library Service, where topic collections can be ordered by staff to support the curriculum subject they are teaching.

All new students undergo a Library induction; it teaches them how to find resources and conduct research both through books and the Internet. The shelving system is explained – fiction books alphabetically by author’s surname and non-fiction using the Dewey Decimal System of numbers for subjects.

Students wishing to visit the Library during lesson time should fill out a slip with a teacher’s signature (except 6th Form).


The Book Club meets on Wednesdays after school when members can discuss what they have been reading and choose from the newest books. Please ask a librarian for more information.


We follow and participate in various national children’s young adult book awards, including the Children’s Book Award and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. These award websites offer a fantastic range of resources to inspire readers.

The Library also plays a key role in the school’s whole school read initiative, which we call Mayne Reads. Our whole school read books have included: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, Hungers Games by Suzanne Collins, The Hate You Give by The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas , The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Flowers of Algernon by Daniel Keyes and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.


Monday to Friday from 3.15 – 4.00pm.

The Library remains open after school for students who wish to complete their homework. These sessions are overseen by the librarians, teachers and teaching support staff.


We invite students in years 8 to 11 to assist in the library as Student Librarians. Student Librarians help with tidying shelves, preparing books for cataloguing, creating displays and helping to shelve books. We also invite students completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award to volunteer within the Library as part of their Award.


The Library is very active on Instagram. This is where we publish Library news, information on events, book reviews and much more. Please take a look!

Instagram: @stcm_library

Code of Conduct

The library is for research, personal study or quiet reading.

  • The Library is NOT for socialising
  • No eating or drinking (only bottled water).
  • Leave the library tidy – put books back where you got them from.
  • Do not move the tables & chairs. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent. Do not take calls in the library.
  • Computers must NOT be used for playing games.
  • Only print what you need. DO NOT WASTE PAPER!
  • Books taken from the library must be properly issued at the Library Desk.