The library is open daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm
All students become members of the library which enables them access to a wide range of resources: books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, careers information and text books.
The library also stocks a variety of reasonably priced stationery, including ‘exam ready’ pencil cases which can be paid for on Parent Pay.
The web-based Oliver Library Management System uses a fingerprint recognition system to identify pupils. This allows the pupil to borrow and return books easily, without the need for a library card. This speeds up the loan process and ensures that there is less chance of mistakes being made. Fingerprints are not stored on the system, and it is not possible to create an image of a finger from the information stored in the library system. This does not contravene the data protection act but if you have any concerns they will be viewed sympathetically. Check out Oliver here:
In 2017 we introduced the exciting reading programme ‘Accelerated Reader’ which is being used by Year 7, and a trial group of Year 8, 9, 10 & 11 students. Each child completes a computerised test which provides them with a personalised reading range (e.g. 4.6-9.4) based on their comprehension of vocabulary. From this they are encouraged to read books within their range, starting at the lowest level and working up. Parents can view their child’s progress by logging into ‘Renaissance Home Connect’:
The library budget is supplemented by a variety of methods: running Scholastic Book Club so that pupils have a chance to buy discounted books, and selling new & nearly new books at a very reasonable price. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. To find details of how to place orders see the link on:
Every March is World Book Day, and students are all issued with a £1 book token. This can be redeemed against specially produced World Book day books available in the library, or against the cost of a book from the book club, or at reputable book sellers.
Once a year the new intake is asked to participate in a sponsored ReadForGood with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent and The Roald Dahl Foundation. Not only is this a great way to raise funds for vulnerable children but it helps to encourage reading. The current Year 7 have just raised £1646.84 and will be receiving House Points, certificates & prizes for all their efforts.
Since the government have ceased funding for ‘Boys Into Books’ (now Bookbuzz), our PTA have covered the cost of providing each of our Year 7 students with a free book. The scheme has been extended to include books for Year 8 students at a cost of £3.00/book. You can see the 2018 choice of books here:
Using the Library
- The Library is staffed by Ms Fisk and Library Prefects who are on hand for any enquiries.
- Year 7-10 may borrow up to 4 books for 4 weeks whilst Year 11 may borrow 6.
- WG6 students may borrow up to 8 books for 4 weeks.ÂÂ
- Books can be renewed at the Circulation Desk or online once students know their log in details.
Fines: At the WGSB library we encourage you to be responsible for items you borrow therefore you will be fined 5p per day if you don’t return your books on time.
Induction: All Year 7s follow a library induction programme enabling them to learn how to use the library for research, develop reading habits and become confident library users thus supporting their future studies. It is hoped that this can also be used with WG6 students who have not come through the WGSB system.Â
- The Library has over 10,000 books, over 3,500 fiction and 7,000 non-fiction.
- A dedicated library catalogue computer, although the library can be accessed from any school or home computer. If students log in they can view their library account, make reservations and renew loans. To find out log in details see the Librarian.
- 50 networked computers providing internet access.
- Magazines such as FourFourTwo, Top Gear, National Geographic, Computer Active.
- 12 Journals including New Scientist which support the A Level and GCSE curriculum.
- The Times, The Telegraph, The i daily newspapers.
- DVDs on short term loan.
- There is an extensive Careers Library containing information on careers, gap years, job applications & CVs. There are prospectuses for all UK universities and specialist books on how to get into Medical School, Oxbridge or Law School and advice on taking professional exams.
E Books and Digital Audio Books
We encourage the use of digital resources in the library and can highly recommend the Kent Libraries website. They have a huge range of e books and audio books which are free to all Kent Library users. These resources can be downloaded onto the OverDrive app which is compatible with many mobile tablets, e-readers, PCs and other devices.