The library is open throughout the day from 8.00am. Students may access the library to change their books, print work, purchase stationery or complete extended learning tasks before school, at lunchtime and after school on a Tuesday and Thursday from 3.05-4.05pm. Lunch and after school sessions are supported by teachers and Year 11 prefects to assist students in the completion of tasks and selection of reading titles.
Students have access to 12 computers available at break and lunchtime for independent study. A self-issuing system is in operation at lunchtime for students to return and borrow books. Staff are on duty during the lunch hour to offer advice and assistance to students.
All students are automatically enrolled as members of the library and have an induction to the library during their Year 6 visit.
Students are able to borrow up to 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction items at a time and may keep the various resources for a period of up to 4 weeks. The support of parents is sought in helping to ensure that books are returned on time. Students and parents are reminded of a student’s overdue book, through an announcement on Classcharts. Should a book be lost or damaged an invoice will be sent home to cover the cost of replacement. Payments can be made in whole or in part payment, as arranged with the librarian.
The library has a comprehensive stock of fiction and non-fiction books. Fiction books are shelved in genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Girls’ Choice, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humour, Manga, Mystery, Science Fiction, Sports and Suspense.
We also have an excellent stock of Young Adult fiction; this section is more suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11. If students from Year 7 and 8 wish to loan books from this section, we ask for an email or note from home to authorise.
Our Non Fiction sections have a wide selection of topics to support the curriculum. We also have a section labelled ‘Life Issues’ including a range of titles to support Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship (PSHCE) as well as mental health and wellbeing. Topics include; Adolescence, Bullying, Drug & Alcohol, Family Problems, Eating Problems, Self-Image, Cancer, Stress, Depression, Mental Health, Gender etc.