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The Hirst Library

The Hirst Library is Shattuck-St. Mary’s two-floor sanctuary on the Upper School campus. 

The library is available for students and faculty to conduct research with a well-balanced collection of nearly 26,000 volumes, 125 current magazine subscriptions, newspaper subscriptions, and extensive back issue holdings (many dating to the mid-1800s).

Blending the old and the new, the library includes a wireless high-speed internet system, twelve-station computer lab, and collections of CDs, DVDs and video cassettes.

Home to two music collections—the Tony Zulfer Music Collection (a lending library of jazz music CDs) and a large classical music collection—the Hirst Library receives requests for materials from throughout the region.

The main reading room is an attractive, inviting space with a central fireplace, Oriental rugs, paintings, sculptures and a south-facing bank of leaded glass windows. The upper level, called the Crow’s Nest, houses the fiction and short story collections and bound nineteenth-century periodicals.

The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Middle School Library is located in St. Mary’s Hall on the Middle School campus, and provides age-appropriate reading materials and a ready reference section. Middle School students use the Hirst Library for in-depth research projects.

The Hirst Library is a member of SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating), a regional agency serving libraries in southeastern Minnesota. SELCO maintains a web-based catalog for all member libraries. Through SELCO, Shattuck-St. Mary’s students have access to more than 19 million books in a multi-state area, thousands of magazine titles, and numerous electronic databases. SELCO also provides a centralized reference service. SELCO libraries share materials through an inter-library loan system and van deliveries are made to Shattuck-St. Mary’s three times weekly.

Have Questions?

Contact our Librarian, Mary Weaver

Helpful Links

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to read! The entire SSM community is encouraged to continue their good reading habits during the summer months. SSM Librarian, Mr. Kettering, has put together recommended reading lists for our students. Many of these books are recent award winners and have received starred reviews. Relax, there's no test and no required number of books to read. We just want to encourage you to read and enjoy great books. Treat yourself to some good reading this summer!

Summer Reading List for Grades 6-9

Summer Reading List for Grades 10-12 and PGs

Many of the books on these lists are available in the SSM eBook collection. EBooks appear in the SELCO catalog and can be downloaded using the account number on your library card and the SSM universal PIN - 1858.

Check out these links to interactive GoodReads bookshelves of the SSM Summer Reading Lists that Mr. Kettering has created.

Middle School List

Upper School List

You don’t need to limit your reading to just the books on the SSM Summer Reading lists. There are many great reading lists out there. Here are a couple of standouts worth exploring.

100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime (from the Amazon editors)

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading List