The library is open throughout the day from 8.00am to 3.05pm and provides a wide range of resources and services including printing and stationery supplies, sold through our stationery shop, which is open from 8.15 until 12.15pm.

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: Action/Adventure, Animals, Biographies/True Stories, Dyslexic Friendly, Dystopian, Fantasy, Friendships and Relationships, Gender Inclusive, Historical Fiction, Horror & Ghosts, Humour, Manga, Mystery, Science Fiction, Sports.

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.

The shadowing scheme invites Channel Island children in Years 5, 6 & 7 to vote for their favourite book of the past year.  The annual event is for local children to nominate and vote for their favourite book that fits the award criteria.  At the start of the school year children can nominate via the CICBA website, and then all eligible books are shortlisted by a panel of judges.  All island schools then run book groups to discuss and review the shortlisted titles.  Children have until 17th July to pick their favourite book and vote online. The winner is announced at a special award ceremony in September, this year taking place at the Guille-Allès Library in Guernsey.

Weekly Book Club – ‘FICTION ADDICTION’.

Held every Friday lunchtime at 12.30pm.  Students from all years are welcome to the group that is run by the Schools’ Library Service (Part of the Guille Alles Library).

Each year the school shadows the Yoto Carnegie Awards, reading the shortlisted titles in the UK wide schools event, posting reviews as students finish each book.  Annual invitations are distributed to the Guille Alles library during the summer term, where students discuss the merits of each book with their peers across the Bailiwick.

External website for research and homework help:    Schools’ Library Service – Guille Alles

Click on ‘Students’ – Secondary Schools- St Sampson’s High.