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Library Services

Bay View houses two separate libraries, one for Lower School in St. Joseph Hall, and one for Middle and Upper School, the Gribbin Library, in Mercy Hall.

Middle & Upper School Library

The Gribbin Middle and Upper School Library is a warm, welcoming environment for students and faculty. The newly renovated library, which was designed to create a vibrant, student-centered learning environment. Where students were previously assigned to traditional studies, they are now assigned to the library, which is staffed by a librarian and at least two other faculty members who are open and available to the students during that period.

By pulling together resources into one space that is both welcoming and comfortable, we hope to engage our students and faculty alike in a dynamic setting designed for collaboration, academic, and social support. The space itself has been redesigned to make room for additional comfortable seating, there are also separate areas for both silent and group work available. The library remains a hub of busy activity at the school and is now even more focused on ensuring that student needs are being met. 

The Gribbin Library offers a balanced collection of fiction and nonfiction materials. Students have access - both in school and from home - to several online databases that include thousands of e-books. Bay View’s membership in a state consortium of over 100 libraries gives our students the convenience of searching a state-wide card catalog to locate and borrow materials across Rhode Island. Books that are requested are delivered to Bay View free of charge. In addition, the Library has all manner of reading material to support the Middle School accelerated reader program.

Lower School Library

The Lower School Library forms the center of St. Joseph Hall. It is a colorful gathering place dedicated towards fostering a life-long love of reading. Students gather as a community, listen to stories, read, create and stretch their imaginations. The Library also houses the Lower School technology lab.

Library Staff

Laura Laurence

Laura Laurence

Titles: Librarian

Library Hours

Lower School Library

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Middle & Upper School Library

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM



  • Visit Bay View LibGuides
  • The Accelerated Reader List provides a sampling of Accelerated Reading books for grades one through eight. Please visit ARBookFinder for the lists.