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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 8.30am and 4.15pm during term time.
Students have access to the Internet from the Library’s computers, but may also connect their own laptops and tablets to the School’s Wi-Fi, and are able to print their work using the in situ colour printer. The Library’s online catalogue (OPAC) 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. Our Library’s OPAC, Accessit, can be accessed from the Internet here and it also comes in the form of a free app called ‘Accessit Library’ which can be downloaded from any app store. Please see the Moodle more information, or ask the Librarian for help with using any of the Library’s resources or systems.
Many more online resources to help with subject research, context 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 to read around their subject, read for well-being, or simply for recreation and relaxation.
The School’s experienced Librarian offers all students advice and guidance on finding and correctly referencing high-quality and relevant information, or choosing fiction. Encouraging reading for enjoyment is an important aspect of the School’s ethos. The current Librarian’s blog can be found here, and there is also the wonderful ‘Book of the Week’ blog curated by our retired Librarian Mrs Watts. Subject specific fiction booklists created with the collaboration of the various 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, they just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask the Librarian for log in details and a PIN number. The Library also offers opportunities for our students to take part in reading-related opportunities, such as judging the Warwickshire School Library Service Book Awards, shadowing The Carnegie Medal judging, joining a 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.