The Anglo European School Library is open throughout the school day and is a vibrant, busy and popular area of the school where students are able to study, work and read in an engaging environment.
All students are encouraged to use the wide range of exceptional and diverse resources available to them within the library for assistance and progress with their studies, as well as for leisure and general interest, and to enable them to develop their study skills. All students in years 7 and 8 take part in one library lesson per cycle, and all Year 7 and Lower 6th students take part in a comprehensive library induction.
As well as 30 computers, all linked to the internet with coloured printing ability, there are numerous tables and seating areas for individual and/or class use. There are also sofas and comfortable chairs to enhance quiet reading time and an excellent, well stocked selection of resources to facilitate effective study and support wider reading.
All students are automatically members of the library and can borrow up to three resources (or 4 in the Sixth Form) at any one time for a maximum of three weeks. The library stocks a variety of resources for all levels and abilities, including;
- Modern fiction, classic novels, graphic and Manga novels, short stories, poetry, plays and autobiographies.
- Information books covering subjects such as cookery, art, geography, history, sciences, sports and religion. All students have access to a large selection of Key Stage 3 and GCSE Study Guides covering all the main subject areas.
- Reference books including encyclopaedias, English and foreign language dictionaries and atlas guides (please note, most reference books are for use within the library only and are therefore not available for loan).
- The Library stocks over 100 DVDs including classic films, comedies, period dramas and adventure movies. Students can borrow these without any charge (one movie at a time for a maximum of a week).
- We can also offer foreign language books, a selection of magazines (including BBC Focus and Flipside, Good Food, The Economist, Philip Allan Updates, NME, Private Eye and Aspire Teen) and daily, local and foreign language newspapers.
- Other facilities available include document scanning, photocopying from 5p per sheet and a mini ‘Stationery Shop’ which is open at morning break and lunchtime. We are also fortunate to have separate Sixth Form and Careers resource areas.
What’s Happening in the Library
We often have activities and events taking place in the library. Most recently we have held short story and book-mark competitions to celebrate World Book Day. We have taken part in the Essex Book Awards for several years now and numerous students have had the opportunity to meet authors and attend workshops as part of this. We have also had authors visit the school library to take part in Q&A sessions with students. We actively encourage students to take part in literary competitions and make use of opportunities, for example promoting the BBC’s 500 Words competition, Essex Book Festival and volunteer opportunities with local libraries. We also encourage students to become ‘Library Assistants’ whereby students wishing to become more involved in the day to day running of the school library can learn more about what goes on and play an active role.