Mayo Center


The Mayo Center is one of the main hubs of activity on campus. It houses the Grace Stuart Orcutt Library, Colwell Center for Global Understanding, and the Student Lounge, as well as the St. Johnsbury Academy archives. 


Grace Stuart Orcutt Library

The Grace Stuart Orcutt Library fosters lifelong curiosity, creativity, and inquiry. We work to ensure that our collection of electronic resources, books, and videos actively engages our students in their academic pursuits and their personal interests. Our library team also supports the curriculum through group and individual research assistance.


The St. Johnsbury Academy Archives houses documents that date back to the founding of our school. Holdings include institutional records, artifacts, ephemera, personal papers, and student publications.


The library is home to many special events including fireside author talks, guest speakers, book discussions, and art exhibits.


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Colwell Center for Global Understanding

Also located in the Mayo Center is the Colwell Center for Global Understanding at the Academy was launched in 2003 through a gift from the Steven B. Colwell family of Carlsbad, California, with the goal of creating a forum for sharing ideas and exploring cultural differences and similarities, leading to better global understanding. Members of the donor family include Steven Colwell II, who graduated from the Academy in 1987; Tyler Colwell of the Class of 1991; and Christopher Colwell, a 2003 graduate.


The Colwell Center also coordinates a number of international and domestic trips focusing on service learning, outdoor adventure, art, and language.


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The Student Lounge

Located on the lower level of the Mayo Center, the Student Lounge is a place where students can gather for discussion, study, or to relax with friends. It is also a place for special events throughout the year and one of the venues for senior capstone presentations in the fall and spring.