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Welcome to the College Library and Resource Centre

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Search and Reserve Books from the School Library Catalogue

All pupils and staff are automatically members of the College Library. Your Cashless Catering Card is also your library card and can be used to borrow books. There is no charge for borrowing from the library, unless you lose or damage a book.

In the Library you will find:

Fiction (story books)
Mostly arranged by genre (story type). Within these categories they are in alphabetical order, by the first three letters of the author's surname. We have novels, short stories, graphic novels, manga and some illustrated books.
There are also a selection of fact encyclopaedias (like the Guinness book of Records) and magazines which stay in the Library for reading at break and lunch time; these are for reference only, not borrowing.

Non-Fiction (information books)
Arranged on the shelf by number using the Dewey Decimal System.
Each main subject has a number e.g. 500 General Science.
This is then subdivided For example: 510 Maths, 520 Astronomy, 530 Physics, 540 Chemistry.
You can use the decoder chart to help you find the number you require or ask the librarian for further details. Most of the non-fiction books can be borrowed but there are some for reference only (for example: dictionaries). These may be used for reference in the library and are not to be taken away. (If you are unsure please do not be afraid to ask).

Online Resources

We have subscriptions to online newspapers, magazines and academic periodicals, and these can be accessed via our CATalogue page. See the Portals link at the top of this page, join the CATalogue, click the three lines in the top left and look for “Library Public”. You can also access the library catalogue from home to see which books we have in stock. To log-in to the Library catalogue you will need the number from your Cashless Catering Card.

There are 30 computers networked and linked to the Internet, which you are able to use at break, lunch time and after school. Students also have access to a printer, scanner and photocopier for their schoolwork. There are a further 10 computers in the Sixth Form section of the Library.

Before school, break, lunchtime and after school:
The Library is open at these times for general use. You can come in to use computers, do research for homework or read quietly. You may also borrow and return books during these times. Please note that all years have a social area and the Library should not be used as a meeting area. The Library code of conduct applies at all times.

We welcome suggestions for books that pupils would like us to buy. Please speak to a Librarian in person or email us. We can't guarantee to buy everything that you suggest but we will listen to your ideas.

Borrowing from the Library:
Most of the books are available for borrowing. Two fiction books and one non-fiction book may be borrowed at a time, for three weeks. Please return all items promptly. Items may be renewed providing they have not been reserved by another student. If a book that you would like to read is out on loan you can reserve it by looking at the library catalogue online at home or school (login with your cashless catering card number), or you can ask the librarian to reserve it for you. You can then borrow the book as soon as it has been returned.

If you lose or damage a book, you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of replacing it. Please come and speak to a librarian about this, we understand accidents happen.

Please note we have a security system so all books must be booked in and out of the library either at the desk or using the self- checkout unit.

Events in the Library:

The Librarians run book groups for students after school, and these will sometimes focus on e.g. the Carnegie Prize shortlist, or Graphic novels. All students are welcome, including Sixth Form students who may wish to help and support. 

We hold curriculum-based competitions and national charity events throughout the year, recognising World Book Day, Children in Need and several more.

We regularly have authors visiting the school. Past visitors to the College Library have included actor Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men etc.), William Hussey (the "Witchfinder" series), Marcus Sedgwick ("Book of Dead Days" and the Raven mysteries), author/cartoonist Glen Dakin ("Candle Man"), Chris Priestley (the "Tales of Terror" series), Chris d’Lacey (the “Last Dragon Chronicles” series) and Joseph Delaney (“ Spooks” series).

In 2022 we welcomed Carnegie nominated author Julian Sedgwick (Tsunami Girl), Helen Moss (“Adventure Island” series), and award-winning author Christopher Edge (Albie Bright, Charlie Noon and many more).

In 2023 we hope to invite Julian Sedgwick and Helen Moss back, plus Andy Briggs and some performance poets.

Leadership and Volunteering:
There are opportunities to volunteer in the Library to support the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme plus the school pin badge scheme. We welcome applications to become a Library volunteer and offer a wide range of tasks to help students gain valuable experience for extra-curricular school achievements.

Book Donations

The College Library welcomes book donations. We are always very grateful, especially for items that are published in the last 5 years as we try to keep our stock current and relevant for our students.  Any books which are unsuitable for school use will be passed on to charity bookshops.

We keep a wishlist on an Amazon account which is publicly viewable. While we do our purchasing from a variety of sources it serves as a useful tool. Anyone who wishes to make a gift donation to the library can see which books we currently need here:

If you choose to donate please include a gift-note so that we can thank you on a bookplate inside the front cover.

We are also extending our selection of foreign language fiction to help support the curriculum and pupils who have English as an additional language and we would really appreciate a boost to this collection if you are able to help.

The Library holds a stock of stationery for all pupils, including folders & files etc. Stationery is available every day - before school, at break, lunchtimes and after school. We can only accept payment by cash as we do not have the facility to take money from Cashless Catering Cards. We carry all the usual essentials, including the calculator recommended by the Maths department and clear plastic book protectors which are very popular and practical. An ‘exams’ pencil case with essential items will be available too.

Comberton Public Library:
Comberton Public Library is situated at the front of the College and is part of Cambridgeshire Libraries and Information Service.

We encourage all students to get free membership of Cambridgeshire Public Libraries, especially Sixth-Form students, as they have a wealth of free online resources. We are happy to advise students about gaining membership.

Ms Spargo, Mrs Peck and Mrs Siu