Library Resource Centre (LRC)


Our Library Resource Centre gives all students access to a wide variety of books from the latest popular reads to the exciting reference books which are selected especially to support the curriculum.

Promoting the value of books and the fun that can be got from reading in this technological age is a responsibility of us all.

Reading books is the only out-of-school activity for 16-year-olds that is linked to getting a managerial or professional job in later life, says an Oxford study.

Students contribute to the LRC by recommending their favourite reads and requesting new books, these are ordered for them and others to enjoy. We ask that parents also do what they can to encourage students’ use of the LRC.

Currently our fiction is organised into three categories:

  • Children’s fiction
  • 11 years and upwards
  • 14 years - 19 years

Some books are borrowed from the Hampshire School Library Service and they are all read by SLS staff and given 14-19 label if required (one book per student is borrowed from SLS, so approx. 1700). Our library buys many books and obviously library staff are unable to read them all, but try their best to put 14-19 on books when it looks appropriate or they have read it and think it requires it. Our library staff will continue to advise students on their choice depending upon each young person’s interests and his/her reading ability.

We hope you will support this policy. If, however, you would prefer your son or daughter not to borrow books from the 14 - 19 range, please email our LRC manager at and we will happily respect your request by putting a restriction message on their account until year 9.

Books are borrowed for two weeks at a time. LRC staff will send out reminders to students and parents/guardians for overdue books in the following order fortnightly:

  • Email to student
  • Email to student
  • Email home from LRC Manager
  • Email home from School Head
  • Email invoice for the cost of the book

Tutors and House Leaders also receive reminders during this time. We ask that parents encourage students to bring back their books or renew them on time for the benefit of all library users.

The library uses a biometric fingerprint recognition scanner, however, no image of a fingerprint is ever stored. Instead the system creates a mathematical template that is your fully secure identification information, just like any other identity number.  The biometric scanner enables students to borrow books without the trouble of having a personal code or carrying a library card, which can get forgotten or lost.