Library

Welcome to The Ashfordian Library

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Opened in February 2012, The Ashfordian Library is a vibrant and well used resource, situated at the heart of the school in the Brabourne building. The library and its resources are available for all students and staff who wish to use them.

The main aims of the library are:

·         To encourage reading and an interest in books and literature

·         To introduce students to the skills they need to access information in the library and elsewhere

·         To provide a silent study space for 6th formers and staff during study periods, and a quiet place for reading and working at other times

How are these aims achieved?

·         Experienced, friendly staff are available to answer enquiries and recommend appropriate books

·         Informative library displays featuring books, films, hobbies and current affairs

·         Inspiring book related activities, including author visits, quizzes, competitions and clubs

·         A taught programme of research skills for years 7 and 12 (and other year groups)

·         Coordinated stock selection ensuring student study needs are met

Facilities and services:

·         Open 8.00am – 4.40pm

·         All students may use the library before school, during break and at lunchtime

·         6th form students may also use the library for quiet study during study periods

·         3 books may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks

·         Desk space for 20, computers for 12, soft seating for 20+

·         Printing, photocopying, scanning, laminating

·         Plastic exercise book covers for sale

·         Homework Club 3.40-4.40pm

Resources:

·         Fiction: colour coded to help students make appropriate choices

·         Non-fiction books: for homework and hobbies

·         Newspapers: The Times, The Guardian and the Kentish Express

·         Periodicals and magazines: for research and leisure reading

·         Careers Library: information about universities and careers

·         Local history and school archives: to help with local history research

We also offer:

·         EPQ: help with project planning, finding sources, study skills, referencing and plagiarism

·         Volunteering opportunities: available to all students including Duke of Edinburgh volunteers

Mrs Knott BA(Hons) MSc MCLIP

Librarian