The Library Resource Centre
LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC)
Staff within the Department:
Miss. C. O’Brien, Library Manager
Miss A. Stewart, Librarian
The Library is open Monday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00am to 4:15pm and Tuesday and Wednesday 9:45 to 4:15
We aim to nurture a lifelong love for reading and a foster a curiosity for learning. The Library provides students with an inspiring, welcoming learning environment with relevant resources to support the curriculum.
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, use the computers, as well as for schoolwork. This service is also extended after school hours. The Library has designated areas to meet the varied needs of the students; we have a relaxed soft seating area perfect for reading as well as group work areas and quiet study areas.
The Library has over 20,000 printed and electronic resources including fiction, non-fiction, reference books and journals. These can be searched using the online library catalogue system ‘Eclipse’. Students can also manage their own library loans, renew and reserve books using Eclipse.
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, dyslexia friendly books and the latest releases. Students can borrow two books for up to two weeks, after which they must be renewed or 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 reference section for revision books covering KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum areas. The Library has GCSE and A Level magazines covering many of the subject areas.
The Library has an online account with Complete Issues where students can easily find reliable, relevant and interesting articles, statistics and more to help them with their studies. This resource can be accessed from home and school. There are also other recommended websites that are accessible through Eclipse. The library provides web links and access to other online subscriptions and resources such as The News Library and the Churchill Archive. These electronic resources allow students to undertake independent research while ensuring the information they use is academically credible. All website links and login details can be found on the Library pages on Firefly, the schools virtual learning platform.
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, lunch and after school and are for school work and research purposes only.
Clubs and Competitions
The Rebel Readers Book Club is run by the Librarians and is for key stage 3 students to explore books through discussions and activities. Rebel Reader groups have about 5 students in who are all reading the same book together. We meet every Friday in the Library to chat about what is going on in the book, what we think and how we feel about what we are reading. It is a great opportunity to make friends and read different types of books.
Homework Club takes place in the Library after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays where students are able to get extra support with their homework and access the library resources.
On Fridays, the Library operates a relaxed lunchtime Friday Games Club, where students of all levels meet to test their mental agility through a range of board games including chess, draughts, scrabble, monopoly and more.
The Library also holds regular competitions linked to book genres and literary and global events. World Book Day is an important event in the school calendar where every department celebrates the joys of reading and encourages the students to read through booky activities, author visits, competitions and costumes. The Library also supports Book Swap, where students and staff are encouraged donate books to share, read and return, in a whole school community Book Swap exchange.
We are dedicated to providing students with opportunities for personal development. All EWS students, from year 7 right through to year 13 are able 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.