Library & Technology
The purpose and objectives of the library reflect, support and implement the purposes and objectives of the School. Its primary mission is to function as an intellectual force in providing leadership in stimulating and enriching the educational climate and giving at the same time support in researching resources and services which are essential to the educational program. St. Sebastian's is committed to the integration and effective use of current and future technology to further the mission of the School. To accomplish these goals, the school librarians and technology coordinator work with the headmaster, deans, department heads, teachers, students, and parents to assess needs and determine the course by which the advancement of the School's mission may be aided via technology.
The librarians work closely with classroom teachers in selecting books, establishing reserve collections, planning visits by entire classes, introducing research skills and resources and evaluating the results, providing research assistance to individual students and small groups on a wide range of topics. The St. Sebastian's Library has an on-line catalog and circulation system, allowing students and faculty immediate access to the Library resources, while at the same time helping them acquire the skills necessary for computer-assisted research. The print collection is particularly strong in reference books and encyclopedias, and monographs in fiction, classical languages, religion and arts. From the Library, through the Internet, students have access to a multitude of information which is useful to the students in general in completing their projects, writing term papers and in particular to the Debate Team in preparation for tournaments in competition with students from other New England Independent schools.