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“My Library was dukedom large enough”
The Tempest (Act II, Sc II)
The Library, its resources and staff support and enrich the curriculum and, in keeping with the ethos of the School, inspire a love of reading and learning and endeavour, in conjunction with teaching staff, to give its students the skills to pursue these throughout their lives.
The Tim Pigott-Smith Library, opened in November 2017, provides a comfortable and well-lit environment for staff and students to read and work. Sixth Formers work silently in study periods, classes visit to borrow fiction or carry out research during the day and it is busy with all year groups, who are free to borrow books or work in the Library, at breaks and lunchtimes. We are open between 9am and 4pm during term time (except on Wednesdays when it is only used by book groups and staff from 1.15pm onwards).
Students have access to the internet from the Library’s computers, but may also connect using the wi-fi and their own laptops and tablets, and are able to print using the colour printer. The Library’s online catalogue is an excellent tool for research and for discovering books to read for pleasure. As well as showing students what books, magazines and DVDs the Library has in stock, it also has thousands of links to specially selected websites and allows students to manage their loans. It can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection here and it also comes in the form of a free app called iMLS that can be downloaded from any app store. Many more online resources to help with subject research, wider reading and learning to reference and avoid plagiarism can be found in the Library section of the School’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, as can extensive reading lists to guide students in Middle School and the Sixth Form to read around their subject.
The School’s experienced Librarian offers all students advice and guidance on finding information or choosing fiction. Encouraging reading for enjoyment is an important aspect of the School’s ethos. The Librarian’s Book of the Week blog can be found here and fiction booklists created with the collaboration of other departments are available here as well as in paper format in the Library. Students may also borrow e-books from Warwickshire Schools Library Service e-book platform if they ask the Librarian for log in details and a PIN number. The Library also offers opportunities for our students to take part in such activities as judging the Warwickshire Book Award and the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award, joining Book Club, attending talks by authors and World Book Day activities. Students learn how to use the Library and carry out research during class visits. They may also help to run the library by volunteering to be a student librarian in Years 8-13.