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 aims to provide 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 as well as for schoolwork. This service is also extended after school hours.
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 and the latest releases. Students can borrow two 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 reference section for revision books covering KS3, KS4 and KS5 curriculum areas. The Library has a large number of 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, unbiased and reliable, 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.
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.
Clubs and Competitions
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. Homework Club takes place in the Library after school and 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. Chess Club and Scrabble Club form part of Fun and Games Friday and attracts students of all levels to test their mental agility through a range of board games including chess, draughts, scrabble and dominoes. The Library also holds regular competitions linked to book genres and literary and global events. World Book Day is part of the week long EWS Book Festival where both staff and students celebrate the joys of reading.
We are dedicated to providing students with opportunities for personal development. Students from years 8 and above 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.