What do we use the Library & Learning Resource Centre (LRC) for?

Library opening times

The Library is open for quiet study and homework from:

Mon - Thursday : 8am - 4:45pm

Friday : 8am - 3:30pm


Students can also use the Library during school hours at break and lunchtime. We'll make our best effort to note any closures or changes to our schedule in the weekly Student Bulletin. 

LSA students borrow about 10,000 books every year and take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme.

  • We find your reading level comfort zone (ZPD).
  • Using your ZPD, you choose the books that you enjoy reading.
  • Librarians help, advise and support students.
  • You will be quizzed on your books to gain points and grow your word count.
  • Each year, about 100 students become millionaire readers.
  • As well as lending books, you can borrow e-books and audio books for use on devices at home.
  • A full library lesson with time for quiet reading and to swap books every two weeks

Accelerated Reader is for all of our Year 7 and 8 students. Readers are expected to do a minimum of 20 minutes at home each day to make progress towards their half-term target. When you successfully complete an online quiz, you accumulate points and add to your total word count. By doing regular reading level tests, we provide readers with a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) to help you find challenging books at a level that's right for you.

Form Tutors will offer you encouragement over the coming months and the English Department and Library Team currently monitor and advise students on progress. The Library occasionally contacts home to discuss progress with parents.

Can parents and students keep track of progress?

Yes! Year 7 and 8 students and parents can sign up for automatic email updates and view your reading progress through Accelerated Reader Home Connect . Apply the same username and password you use to quiz about books at school.

In the top right you can sign up for automatic email updates. On the main screen you'll see the results of your most recent quiz, and total progress and point's achieved this term. You can change the marking period to display results for the whole year. You can also open the bookshelf to display the full range your quizzed books. Quizzing is only possible during school hours.

Happy quizzing, and good luck!!! 

To search for a book or access your library account, click here.

Find children's books in general by genre, suitability or level of difficulty by using 'AR Bookfinder'


The lower the AR level, the more accessible the book is for weaker readers. The higher the points rating, the longer the book.

Students in Years 7 to 9 will have their current ZPD Reading Range written in their English workbook. This range is set by their Star Reader Test undertaken 4 times per year. Books they choose should lie within their own ZPD reading range to offer the best mix of understanding and challenge.

Any books marked as KS4 may have content & themes more suitable for older students, but students can request a parental permission slip to borrow titles aimed at more mature readers.

Accelerated Reader Scheme - Year 7 & 8 students

Library Resources

  • 14,000 fiction and non-fiction books
  • Journals, Magazines & Films
  • PC’s, Laptops, Printing, Copying and stationery
  • Scanner, Light-box, 3D Printing, Wireless headphones, Raspberry Pi computing and electronics.
  • Help/support and opportunities to volunteer
  • Free printing, photocopying & laminating
  • Use or buy all kinds of useful equipment and stationery
  • Use our 3D printer
  • Amphitheatre seating for films, podcasts and Skype presentations from businesses and professionals
  • Computers and laptops.



For students who are keen to get involved, we have a busy training programme for Library Volunteers. As a volunteer you can learn how to manage our online Library and issue and return items to other students and staff. You could also take part and have a say in projects designed to develop the Library presence in the school and help to promote the benefits of using the Library to others. If volunteering is not for you, any student can take part in the Library whole-school challenge, competitions, and author visits.

LSA is committed to Lancashire’s Year of Reading 2021