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The senior library is situated at the heart of the school on the middle floor of the Lestonnac Resource Centre. The library is open all day from 8.30 – 4.30p.m. It offers a spacious, light, welcoming environment for individual study, class activities and leisure reading.

The Library aims to offer a quiet place for effective study. It has eight computers linked to the school network. The current stock stands at over 14,000 items, which includes hardback and paperback books, reference materials, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Students or members of staff may request any book or DVD. This could be for academic study or leisure reading; if the Librarian thinks it is useful and appropriate it will be bought for Library stock. These are indexed on a web-based catalogue available for students to use both at school and at home.

All girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 have a weekly library lesson as part of their English curriculum. The main focus of these lessons is the reading passport but library and research skills are also covered including the Dewey Classification system, evaluating websites and media comparison. In the spring term each year group completes a project using their research skills and the library resources. The summer term focus is the Notre Dame Book award where the girls read from a shortlist of 6 books, which they review on the Intranet. Author visits are organised along with events to celebrate World Book Day.

A love of reading is fostered and a wide range of fiction is provided. The Librarian and English staff are always available to discuss and recommend. Holiday reading is set for KS3 in the main holidays by the English department. Topical displays and reading lists (available on the Intranet) help students choose material that interests them and an ordering and reservation system aims to ensure the book the student wants is ready when needed.

Reading is at the heart of education and there is a whole world of learning ready to explore in our library.