Video captures promise of library renovation

Santa Catalina School is eagerly anticipating the completion of a library renovation project that will transform the building into a modern, flexible space to learn, study, and socialize.

A “flythrough” video tour provides a glimpse into the look, feel, and function of the library, which is scheduled to reopen in February 2023. You can watch the video below.

The Sister Mary Kieran Memorial Library, built in 1963 and named for Santa Catalina’s first head of school, serves Upper School and Middle School students. The renovation project, which began in June, is focused on the interior of the building, leaving intact the library’s iconic vaulted architecture and entryway art gallery.

The new space will be technology-rich, facilitating innovation and communication and supporting school initiatives like the health and wellness program.

The library design was led by architect Pamela Anderson Brulé ’76 and her firm. It incorporates areas for individual, small group, and large group study and collaboration, as well as a new balcony on the second floor designed for students to kick back with their friends. In addition to open lounge and study areas, there are numerous enclosed rooms at the center of the building for tutoring, classes, or students looking for quieter spaces.

Once completed, the library will stand as the heart of the school—a place where students want to be.

It is not too late to support this project. To find out how you can invest in the library renovation, contact Director of Leadership and Legacy Giving Gretchen Mueller Burke '83, '79 LS at 831.655.9392 or

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