The library is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, during break time for all students and at lunchtime for selected year groups, KS3 Monday to Wednesday and KS4 Thursday to Friday.
Staff may book the Library for whole classes or small groups of students and Sixth Form students may use the Library throughout the day for quiet study.
All members of the school are automatically members of the Library. Students can borrow a total of three books for a period of up to two weeks. The Library operates a computerised issue and cataloguing system 'Oliver V5'. All resources are on the database and the system can be searched by title, author and subject.
The Library has an extensive collection of both fiction and non-fiction books, including many new titles. Well over 19,000 books are available and over the last year over 2,000 loans have been issued.
Non-fiction resources are available for every subject from Key Stage 3 to A-Level and GNVQ. The Daily Telegraph and Guardian are taken daily, The Uxbridge Gazette and TES are taken weekly and we subscribe to a selection of magazines.
The Library has networked computers with internet access. Encarta Online is a good source of information and can be accessed easily. The school's Directory of E-learning and the Library Websites Directory are available to help you. The School’s Library also runs various clubs at lunch times including: Graphics Club and Bookworms Club and we encourage all year groups to get involved for their chance to win Vivos.
Students are able to use the photocopier and a card costs £2 for 25 A4 copies. The Library has a variety of information about further and higher education courses, as well as books and leaflets about all types of careers. Several careers programmes are available on the network computers.
Do come and use the Library, especially for homework. We are continually updating our stock and widening our provision and we welcome suggestions. Visit us and see!
Learning and Resource Centre Manager - Ms J Sibblis-Boyce