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.
Mrs K Roth – Learning Resource Manager
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 Eclipse.net 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.
Novel Reading Ideas is a book group for Years 7 – 11. Novel Ideas promotes literacy and the love of books. The group is held in the Fiction Area of the Library every Thursday lunchtime. Chat about your favourite book, find new books to read, review brand new books and recommend good books to other students. It is very informal and gives an opportunity for like-minded pupils of different ages and abilities to meet, read and enjoy literature together in a safe environment.
We also frequently have visiting authors and book sales which are advertised around school.
A reading list for Year 6 students preparing for Year 7 can be found here: Year 6 – Year 7
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
Eclipse.net – St. Aidan’s school library catalogue
Fantastic Fiction – An interesting site with information on over 300,000 books