The Ernulf Library is located adjacent to the Maths and English departments. It offers a large collection of books, magazines and computers that are available to all students. The library is normally open from about 8:30 until 15:30, and is managed by our chartered librarian, Mr. Hynes. The main purpose of the library is to support students' learning with information and recreational reading material. There are over 10000 books in the library, along with subscriptions to a selection of magazines and newspapers, with back copies available in either paper copy, or online (see below).
There are lots of suggestions to help students choose their reading books, including the top 100 or so titles from the past school year (The fault in our stars, and the Diary of a wimpy kid series are always near the top – they are perennial favourites). There are also lists of suggested reading on the VLE, both for fiction, and for curriculum subjects.
The library computer suite gives access to the internet, intranet, VLE and many locally held resources, accessible by all our students. There is also access to a number of subscription-based online services. Subject specific subscriptions are identified to the relevant students on the VLE.
All students can borrow up to 3 books, usually for 3 weeks. These can be renewed at any time, but if they are overdue, must be presented for renewal. Overdue charges are not used, but those students with overdue books will not be allowed to borrow further material until their accounts are cleared. As in the public library, lost material should be paid for.
Students can expect to visit the library during lesson times in any subject area, and of course are welcome to use the facilities before and after school, as well as during break and lunch. At these times students (who volunteer their services usually at the start of the school year) help to issue and return books - for details of how to join this group please see Mr. Hynes.
Each year for World Book Day there are usually displays, events and, when we are lucky, free copies of the World Book Day books, as well as book tokens for every student.
Each year a group of students also take part ‘chasing’ the CILIP Carnegie medal shortlist titles. In association with the English Department, students read and discuss the shortlisted titles, coming up with their own winner and having a prize-winning presentation with other local schools’ ‘chasers’ when the official prize winner is announced.
For those who are unsure what to read, the first port of call should always be the library staff. However, there is also a list of suggested KS3 reading on the VLE (under partnership shared resources), and you can also look at the library catalogue online to see what’s available. There are two ways to do this – by PC or by app. Using a web browser type in https://u011199.microlibrarian.net to access the catalogue.
Searching the app stores for imls will give you a free app which you can use to search the catalogue, see new additions, and see what has recently been returned. If you want to add features such as seeing what you have on loan; borrowed in the past; write a book review (subject to moderation) or what the system would suggest you might like to read next, see the library staff to set up your username and password to your individual account.
The library also hosts our year 10 reading leaders, a group of students who use library books to help younger students with their reading. This is lead by our literacy co-ordinator Mrs. Twydell.
After school on Monday to Thursday students can come to the library for home learning club, where they can do reseaarch for their home learning, and if required get extra support from staff.
May I also recommend http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20060/online_library_services which gives free access to further online subscription-based resources for members of the public library service, including ebooks and emagazines. You need to join the public library to access these services, but remember, membership is free.
There are also a number of board games available to use during students’ free time, such as chess, battleships, scrabble and draughts.