St Peter’s has two libraries: the main school library serving years 7 – 11 and the Sixth Form Library providing for the needs of years 12 and 13. All staff are welcome to use both libraries and are able to request project boxes for class room use.
The libraries are spaces for quiet reading and study. We ask that all students respect this and behave sensibly and avoid disturbing others. There is a no eating or drinking rule in both libraries.
Both libraries have all their resources catalogued; this OPAC can be accessed throughout the school via the intranet Libraries link or through 24 hour school. The libraries also subscribe to online resources which can also be accessed from the catalogue home page.
The libraries are both spacious with plenty of desk space. Both have a number of computers that can be used by students during opening hours. There is a combined printer, scanner and photocopier with both black and white and colour features available in both libraries; printer credits can be purchased at IT services.
The libraries are managed by a Chartered Librarian, Mrs C Watkins, and run with the help of dedicated library assistants, Mrs Knapton and Mrs Chesson.
Main School Library
The Main Library is an open space with a mezzanine computing area.
The library has a range of fiction books for all reading abilities and interests from The Diary of the Wimpy Kid and Roald Dahl through Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo to Jane Austin and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series and all sorts in between.
The non-fiction stock covers materials to support the curriculum and to challenge the interests of students with the Guinness Book of records, the Horrible Histories and Sports books being popular.
The main library is pen from 8.00 am, during break times and until 5 pm from Monday to Friday during term time.
Main school students may borrow 2 books for 2 weeks. If a student is a keen reader we will consider extending the number of loans they have on an individual basis.
We do not charge for late return of books. If a book is late we send a reminder; if a book is not returned after 3 reminders we assume the student has lost the book and an invoice for the rrp (recommended retail price) is sent to their parents. If a book is returned damaged, an invoice will also be sent.
All year 7s receive an induction to the library service when they join the school.
The Sixth Form Library
The Sixth form has a wide range of journals, periodicals and newspapers and book stock more focused on non-fiction to support the curriculum and to encourage a breadth and depth of reading of specific subject areas.
The fiction collection has classics at its core and is regularly added to with recent prize winning titles as well as familiar young adult novels and some popular fiction.
The sixth form also has a careers collection including university prospectuses and information about apprenticeships and applying for work.
Open to sixth form students Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm during term time.
Sixth Form students may use the Main School Library during free periods if the library is not being used by a class; students are expected to ask staff permission before using the main library at these times.
Sixth form students may borrow up to 6 items at a time for a period of four weeks.
We do not charge for late return of books. If a book is late we send a reminder; if a book is not returned after 3 reminders we assume the student has lost the book and an invoice for the recommended retail price is sent to their parents. If a book is returned damaged an invoice will also be sent.