Academics

Library

So much more than checking out books

A look inside Mayfield’s library reveals a learning space devoted to inquiry and enrichment

We start with an 11,000-volume collection with online access to an additional 250,000 titles and digital materials. Students work at computers, gather around Craftsman-style tables for group work or cozy up to read and study in comfy chairs. As a hub of learning, the library is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily with a librarian on duty at all times to assist.

Our dynamic learning hub

The Mayfield library plays an integral role in preparing our students to be effective information users. Locating and identifying reputable and relevant information is a vital life skill in today’s world. Our expert librarians provide instruction on effective research strategies and citation methods for each discipline and grade level and create a thriving support system across the curriculum.

5 things every Mayfield graduate learns through our library instruction curriculum:

List of 5 items.

  • 1. To value the importance of reading for pleasure and personal enrichment

  • 2. To be able to independently locate, evaluate and select quality information for educational or personal needs

  • 3. To weigh a variety of points of view to understand an issue

  • 4. To use information in a responsible and ethical manner

  • 5. To connect learning to action

The Page Turners Book Club

The Page Turners student book club is dedicated to bringing pleasure and the social aspect back to reading. The group, open to all Mayfield students, meets over lunch to discuss their latest read with moderator Julie Daniels, our Assistant Librarian.

— Ann Pibel, Director of Library Services

Cornelia Connelly’s educational philosophy inspires us to identify new ways to connect students with information, and to walk “step by step” with them as they learn to use new resources thoughtfully.

Special Collections

Mayfield’s Library is home to the Margaret Murphy Bernard Women’s Studies Collection, comprised of 1,500 volumes dedicated to the contributions of women throughout history. An endowed fund, established in Margaret Murphy Bernard’s name by her classmates, provides ongoing support to this important collection. 

Other special collections include: 
  • The Margaret Murphy Bernard Fiction Collection 
  • The Julia Marlowe Boyes Collection for speech, drama, and performing arts 
  • The Ann Gorman Condon Collection in the humanities

List of 3 members.

  • Ann Pibel 

    Director of Library Services
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 234
    University of California, Riverside - B.A.
    San Jose State University - M.L.I.S
  • Julie Daniels 

    Assistant Librarian & Library/Media Specialist
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 285
    University of North Carolina - B.A.
    Florida State University - M.S. (Library and Infomation Studies)
  • Kathleen Waller 

    Library Assistant

— Ann Pibel, Director of Library Services

We strive to create a place that stimulates ideas and inspires joy through displays, reading groups and other initiatives.

Our SuperLibrarians

Ann Pibel and Julie Daniels, our Superhero Librarians!
Our librarians, Ann Pibel and Julie Daniels, collaborate with faculty in every discipline to create customized resource guides to support assignments, and to teach students research skills that incorporate 21st century literacy competencies. Ms. Pibel and Mrs. Daniels are active members of the American Library Association (ALA), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and the American Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL).

A Legacy of Learning

Our library is named for our beloved Sr. Barbara Mullen, SHCJ, who taught and served our Mayfield community for more than 25 years. On her 85th birthday, we surprised Sr. Barbara with a library naming ceremony to honor her lifelong passion for learning and love of literature. We miss her greatly and know she smiles on her library from heaven.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.