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Library & Media Resources Office

The Learning Resources Service comprises of the Library and Media Resources Office

Opening Times

Monday -Friday 7.30 am – 4.30 pm

Wednesday -Closes at 3pm

The Library is situated on the ground floor at the heart of the school building. It is staffed throughout the day and after school.

All students and staff are members of the Library and may borrow books and other resources.

Years 7-13 may use the Library for quiet study, recreational reading, borrowing books and using the computers. The Sixth Form may use the Library throughout the day for silent private study. All Year 7 and 8 classes have a regular timetabled Reading lesson in the Library to enable them to choose books, to experience a range of reading related activities, to enjoy a period of silent reading and to encourage reading for pleasure.

We aim to meet the needs of students by providing curricular and extra-curricular books, magazines, newspapers, computers and electronic resources that support the curriculum and encourage further reading and research for study and also reading for pleasure. The Library organizes visits from authors, reading workshops, trips and educational visits related to books and reading as well as Book Fairs involving local bookshops.  The Library Book Group follows the Carnegie Shadowing Awards in Spring and is very popular with students in all year groups.

Fiction

The Fiction area contains a large collection of books especially chosen for students of all ages, interests and abilities, from the latest publications to established classics. Staff is on hand to provide suggestions and advice with the choice of books. Books written specifically for children and young people can be found in the main fiction section. Adult novels, which are often aimed at teenagers aged 16 and over, are clearly marked and are in the sixth form section. These books are restricted to older students, and lower school students will be asked to obtain parental permission before they borrow these items.

Non-Fiction

The Non-Fiction area has a comprehensive and growing collection of books and other resources such as journals, magazines and newspapers. All year groups visit the library as a class to do research and extend their information handling skills. The Non-Fiction collection comprises many new and attractive books which can be used for further reading and may be borrowed for study or pleasure.

Library catalogue

The Library has an extensive catalogue which is available to students in school and from home. It has information about books, authors, useful websites, videos and electronic resources and e-books to help with homework. There is library news information and students are encouraged to express their opinions about books by writing book reviews which are added to the site. Information such as booklists links to recommended websites for homework and online databases are available to help with study.

Borrowing books

All books and resources borrowed from the library must be properly issued on the Library Issue System. Students may borrow up to 3 books at a time and may renew them if they are not required by another borrower. Students are responsible for returning or renewing their books by the return date. Reminders for overdue books are sent fortnightly to each class at registration. Students who fail to return books after 2 reminders will be sent a letter home requesting the return of the book or payment for the cost of replacement. If items are still outstanding 7 days after this letter to the parents, the finance office will call home asking for payment.

The library stock is constantly being refreshed with new books and we are always pleased to take requests from students. Books on loan to other students may be reserved.

Computers

The Library has 30 computers and 30 laptops with filtered Internet access. Priority is given to students using them for school work. The Library computers must not be used for games or chat rooms. All students must follow the school Code of Conduct for using computers. USB memory sticks are allowed; memory sticks may be purchased from the MRO stationery shop.

Photocopying

Students can make monochrome and colour photocopies free of charge from the Library – for homework and coursework only.

The Stationery Shop

The MRO Shop is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm for staff and students to buy stationery. Everything is sold at cost price and there is no profit made. All money from the shop goes back to the MRO and used to buy extra resources.

Please contact Ms Cotena if you would like to help or have any questions.

E-mail: nadia.cotena@haverstock.camden.sch.uk Direct Line: 0207 424 8409