We aim to help pupils to:
- find inspiration for projects
- lose themselves in a good novel
- broaden their reading horizons
- keep up-to-date with current affairs
- catch up on homework
- search for information effectively
- develop their thinking skills
- write that essay
- choose a DVD
- find a quiet corner
- dip into a magazine
To support these aims the Hallam library provides a modern study space stocked with some 20,000 books, over 60 periodicals, daily newspapers, audio books, DVDs and electronic subscriptions, along with networked computers and laptops. The facilities enable pupils to read widely, study quietly and develop information literacy skills so that they become confident, discerning users of the wide range of information resources available today.
The library stock is continually updated to ensure that its range is both wide and of good quality, from books to web-based resources. Stock is selected to support the curriculum and pupils’ interests and requests; reviews in school library literature, periodicals and the media help inform these choices.
In addition to class visits, various activities run throughout the year to promote the library aims – these include reading groups, author and poet visits, junior café sci meetings, shadowing the Carnegie prize for children’s literature and themed weeks involving extra activities.
The library is open between 8.00am and 5.30pm every weekday during term time. Pupil library assistants from different year groups support the smooth running of the library during the lunch break.