The Library Resource Centre
Staff within the Department:
Miss. C. O’Brien, Library Manager
Miss. J. Floyd, Librarian
Miss A. Stewart, Librarian
The Library is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm
The Ellen Wilkinson Library Resource Centre aims to provide students with a purposeful learning environment with relevant, reliable resources to support all subjects. We aim to nurture a lifelong love for books and reading.
The library is a vibrant place to read and study. It is used throughout the school day by classes conducting research and sixth form students for independent study. During break and lunch the library is used by students to borrow and return books as well as for schoolwork. This service is also extended after school hours.
The Library has 30,000 printed and electronic resources including fiction, non-fiction, reference books and journals. These can be searched (and in the case of electronic resources accessed) using the online library catalogue system ‘Eclipse’.
Students can also manage their own library loans, renew and reserve books using Eclipse. To do so a username and password will be needed which the Librarian can provide.
Books and Other Printed Resources
The large fiction section caters for all students of different ages and abilities. This includes the classics, fiction of all genres, short stories, graphic novels, quick reads and the latest releases. Students can borrow books for up to two weeks, after which they must be returned so that other students may borrow them.
The non-fiction section covers a wide range of stock to support the curriculum. There are encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference books to help with research for assignments. These books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal System and are also colour coded on the shelf. There is also a dedicated section for revision books covering KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum areas.
The Library has a large number of magazines covering subject areas such as Modern Languages, Science and current affairs.
The Library subscribes to the Phillip Allen Magazine Archive which contains current and back issues of GCSE and A Level magazines for the following subjects: Biology; Business; Chemistry; Economics; English; Geography; History; Physical Education; Physics; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies and Sociology. They are also useful for Health & Social Care and Extended Projects.
The library also has an account with Complete Issues where students can easily find reliable, relevant and interesting articles, statistics and more to help them with their studies. There are also other, unbiased and reliable, websites that are accessible from Eclipse.
These electronic resources allow students to undertake independent research while ensuring the information they use is academically credible. Links and login information for both of these online resources can be found on the library website.
The library provides web links and access to other online subscriptions and resources such as the News Library and the Churchill Archive.
There are 18 computers in the Library for student use. These are all linked to the school network, the Internet and a printer. In addition to these computers the Library has a dedicated Library search computer. The computers must be booked before use during break and lunch and are for school work and research purposes only.
The Library has a close link to the school community and as a result a number of clubs take place in the Library during lunchtimes and after school. Book Club meets weekly in the library where students can choose exciting books from the special book club selection and meet to share their thoughts about the books they have read. In the library, Friday is ‘Fun and Games’ day’ where students are encouraged to test their mental agility through a range of board games including chess, draughts, scrabble and dominoes. The Library hosts Homework Club after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays where students can access help from staff with assignments supported by library resources.
Chess Club forms part of Fun and Games Friday and attracts students of all levels to come and play. Regular attendees receive a chess club badge and every year the club holds a Chess Tournament.
Regular competitions take place in the Library where prizes can be won! These are linked to the displays in the Library around topical or literary events and themes such as World Book Day, World Poetry Day and literary genres such as Gothic and Horror stories, Romance, Science Fiction, Teen books, Historical novels and more. Recent competitions have included: writing a two line gothic tale, writing a letter to Malala Yousafzai as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day, recommending a book that everyone in the world should read and our ever popular annual ‘Design a Bookmark’ competition.
Students from years 7 to 11 can volunteer to help in the Library during their break and lunchtimes. They are trained and organized by the Librarians. This valuable contribution by the students provides them with practical work experience and serves as part of their citizenship contribution to the school community. They help the librarians prepare new books for loaning, help keep the library in good order and help other students with book borrowing and searches. They are also brilliant at providing reading recommendations.
Scholastic Book Club
The library runs regular book promotions in conjunction with Scholastic Book Club. Students are able to purchase books from the latest exciting selection of new and classic books. Every purchase earns free books for the school.
Parents can pay securely by card directly to scholastic and once the order deadline has been reached, the books will be delivered to the school and distributed to students.