“I don’t believe that Libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as Librarians” Monty Python

The Library is situated on the first floor of the main school building and is open to all students and staff from 8.30am until 5.00pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30am until 4.00pm on a Friday. It provides a comprehensive facility for the whole school with resources, study tables, a teaching/silent study room, computers and a separate fiction area with comfortable seating.


The extensive book stock is continually updated. In addition to books to support the curriculum areas there is a wide ranging collection of fiction books. Daily newspapers and a selection of periodicals are also available. Online resources are available for students.

Books may be borrowed for three weeks but can be renewed for longer by asking one of the Librarians. Overdue book fines are 10p per day. Reference books, such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries must not be removed from the Library. Pupils aged 12 and over are allowed to borrow teenage and adult stock without restriction.

The Library catalogue is networked to enable resource searching throughout the school and can be accessed from home via the student and staff area of the website or via a downloadable App.


The Novel Ideas Reading Group– a book group for Years 7 – 11,  meet in the Fiction area of the Library. The lunchtime meetings are held every Thursday.

We also frequently have visiting authors and book sales which are advertised around school.

Wider Reading

Click here to find out more about suggested reading lists. Further lists are available from the Library.

If you require any further information about the Library, or need help using it, please contact Mrs Roth the Librarian.

Useful Links

BBC News – The latest news headlines from around the world

Booktrust-for book recommendations, book finder, tips and advice.
Cambridge University Press & Merriam-Webster – two free online dictionaries – St. Aidan’s school library catalogue
Fantastic Fiction – An interesting site with information on over 300,000 books

Love Reading for Schools

Summer holiday reads