The Library provides a positive environment for the whole school community, with access to over 10,000 fiction and non-fiction resources in the collection to support the school curriculum.
The Library is spread across three rooms in the Mansion. Pupils and classes can use the space for research lessons and quiet study or relaxation in the comfortable Reading Room with new fiction, the daily newspaper or a good magazine. CDs and DVDs form a popular part of the Library collection with new titles added regularly. Board games are also available during break and lunchtimes; perfect for budding chess enthusiasts.
The Library has a growing collection of online resources to support student study including the Connell Guides to English Literature, EBSCOhost Reference Centres, New Scientist, Grove Music Online and Issues Online. All of these resources can be accessed on the Library Sharepoint site. Students also have access to eBooks through the VLEbook platform, enabling them to download the latest titles to their Apple or Android devices.
As well as 20 laptops, the Library provides access to a secure wi-fi network, enabling pupils to use their own laptops, tablets and devices for study and learning.
The Librarian provides support and supervision throughout the school day and during prep time. Regular lessons are held in Library and Research Skills, including introductory sessions and talks on Referencing, Plagiarism and information access and retrieval. The Library also plays a role in teaching research skills as part of Mrs Bryant's extremely successful EPQ project. Topic boxes of non-fiction material coupled with online access to databases and journals ensure that pupils receive relevant support in lessons and access to information in all formats.
Ms Mallott runs a variety of Library activities to support Prior Park’s reading culture, including The Centurion Book Award reading group, Carnegie Shadowing group, annual Poetry by Heart competition and Manga Club. Author events are also held regularly across the year groups and previous visits have included Charlie Higson, Gemma Malley, Chris Bradford and spoken word artist Steven Camden.
LIBRARY OPENING TIMES
9.00am-6.00pm Monday to Friday
Virginia Bailey and Helen Currie