Library and Learning Resources
Monday to Thursday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm and Fridays 8:15 am - 4:00 pm.
15,000 fiction and non-fiction books
Journals & Magazines
Help/support and opportunities to volunteer
PCs & Internet
Scan, Print, Copy
The Library and LRC is open before school, during lunchtime and after school each day. You will also have an opportunity to visit the library from time to time as part of your normal lessons. The space is used for study and homework throughout the day, with lunchtime being more relaxed and allowing chess and other games, quiet socialising, reading, and also larger book events and author events.
Books and equipment for you
The Library supports your learning at school by providing a rich mixture of good quality, up to date fiction as well as textbooks, revision guides, careers information and DVDs. We add new materials each term and you can use our suggestion box to make requests for new materials. There are so many choices for young readers today, it is not possible for us to stock everything. So we encourage you to help decide how the Library should meet your own reading needs.
We encourage students to explore new technologies by providing Kindle e-readers, PCs with alternative operating systems, an A3 scanner, lightbox, portable DVD players, card readers and other equipment. Stationary is also available and you can also print and copy for free.
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.
Use Eclipse (see below) portal and the associated Apps are available so that you can search the library and manage your account from computers at home and on mobile Android devices, iPods and iPhones. Our new Reading Scheme celebrates the efforts students make to engage with the Library and enjoy reading for pleasure.
Managing Your Account
You usually get to borrow two items at a time. Keen readers can borrow more. All borrowing is free. Books are borrowed for 2 weeks, DVDs for 2 days. There are two fiction sections in the Library, one of which contains adult fiction and literature for older students. Students in Years 8 to 11 can request a permission letter to be signed by parents to borrow from this section of our stock. You can use the attachment below. Late returned items incur fines of 5p per day overdue for books and 50p for DVDs, so please keep an eye on your account and the service will stay free for you.
AGE BAND LETTER.doc (200.7k)
Eclipse: Your Library Portal
Log-in : Your Windows username from school.
Password : Your date of birth written numerically: ie: 01032000 (for 1st of March 2000). The password must be 8numbers long to work, with no spaces or slashes. When you log in for the first time from home, your browser may ask you if you want to install the AD plugin. Choose 'no' and this message should not appear again.
Mobile App: FY8 4DG is needed for the first login.
Eclipse allows you to search the library from any computer with an internet connection. It contains information about the books, journals and DVDs on the shelves. Eclipse also contains Internet links to 10,000 carefully chosen educational websites for the school curriculum. Eclipse is interactive and students can share book reviews and ratings directly into the catalogue. Eclipse is also like a virtual librarian in that it can help you choose your a book title if you're not sure what to read next. You can use the Mobile Version to check your account, reserve popular items and check if a book in your local bookshop is available to borrow from the Library.*
Suggested reading for younger students with information for Parents about teenage reading:
Search here for World Book Day's top 50 reads that will change your life and keep you reading.
The Library & LRC on Moodle
Our Moodle pages includes a Student Forum where you can post questions and suggestions. There's also support materials for readers and the school's reading groups and our Library Volunteers.
The Lancashire Online Reference Library has a great selection useful tools for homework and research aimed at all ages and users.
Britannica Online Student
Britannica Online Junior
Driving Theory Test Pro - for 6th Form Students
Times Newspaper Digital Archive
Who else writes like?
And much much more...
These resources provide excellent content to help you tackle homework questions. Getting practice with these will prepare you for Further Education or University Studies. With a little practice, you'll find some online encyclopedias better than Google or other search engines by providing younger readers with more appropriate content. Most importantly, access is free!
*You will need the barcode from your Lancashire Library Card to log into these resources. You can easily join online and your membership card will arrive in the post within a couple of days.
We now stock a wide selection of LGBT friendly fiction in the library. You can browse the selection on the library search catalogue by using the search term 'LGBT'
All week we have been doing a variety of activities to celebrate World Book Day.
It was all fun and games in a Year 8 English class as they took part in an Iron Man competition, inspired by the novel 'The Iron Man'. Students had to build their own Iron Man robot.