John E. Owens Library
Built in 1997, the library is named after Revd. John E. Owens, headmaster at Saint James from 1955-1984. Owens Library is a welcoming space for quiet study or a perfect spot to collaborate with peers or teachers.
With an impressive 21,000 volumes and periodicals as well as access numerous online databases, the library provides resources that meet the research and curriculum needs of the SJS community.
The lower level of the library also holds classrooms for the History Department and the School Archives.
Monday - Thursday: 7:15 am – 3:30 pm, 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday: 7:15 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
About Father Owens
Eighth Headmaster of SJS:
John E. Owens
Born in 1918 in Portsmouth, Ohio, Father Owens served as Chaplain at Saint James from 1948 to 1950, before assuming his role as Headmaster in 1955. Prior to his ordination, Father Owens served with distinction in the United States Army during World War II, achieving the rank of captain and earning a Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry” and a Bronze Star for “heroic achievement.”
Father Owens was one of the most beloved and admired Headmasters of Saint James by his students and alumni. During his tenure Saint James' growth was founded on strong spiritual values. The faculty’s quality and numbers grew, enrollment spiked from 110 to 150 students, coeducation took root, and the endowment expanded considerably. The campus’ buildings and property grew under his tenure as well, including a new chapel, Cotton Gymnasium, and Powell Hall.