Opening Hours Monday – Thursday (08:00 – 16:00) Friday (08:00 – 15:30)
The Library Resources Centre has a wide selection of books, audio books, and information leaflets available. Pupils may borrow up to 2 books or audio books for 2 weeks. If pupils do not bring them back or renew them before the 2 weeks is over then they will be charged 1p for each book for each day it is overdue. There are 24 networked computers and a colour printer. All computers can be used at break, lunch, before school and after school.
The Library Resources Centre is open Monday – Friday before and after school for students to research, use computers or read. The club is supported by The Librarian. After school there is a teacher available to assist pupils with homework.
Reference Library and Non-Fiction Books
Reference books cannot be taken from the Library, and include encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries. Non-fiction books are divided into sections using the Dewey Classification system. This means that if you want to find a book on a particular subject you look it up on the wall chart or ‘Where to look’ file first to find out the number. The books are filed in number order and the shelves labelled to help you find the number you need.
Fiction Books have been arranged in alphabetical order by author’s last name.
The Library Resources Centre is supported by Student Librarians at both lunch and break times. They help students select and record books on the computer and receive back any returned books.
The Crestwood Reading Tree and Loyalty Bookmarks
Year 7 students are encouraged to use the reading tree scheme and enjoy their visits to the Library where they choose a variety of books from different genres. Years 8 to 11 pupils are encouraged to use Loyalty Bookmarks, by reading books from the Library Resources Centre and recording them on their bookmark. Merits, stickers, certificates and prizes add an extra incentive for students to read widely and make personal choices which match their reading ability. The scheme has been a successful addition to encouraging reading for enjoyment. The Library Resources Centre and the English department have worked together to maintain this valuable contribution in developing reading skills and will continue to promote and support the scheme for all Crestwood students.