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Francis Holland library is a place of learning and leisure for the whole school, providing a wide range of resources to support and enrich the curriculum and student’s leisure interests.

The library has a diverse collection of over 16,000 books, DVDs, periodicals and journals which can be accessed via a library catalogue located on the school intranet. The library is well-equipped with several computers available for research purposes, as well as a printer and photocopier.

There is an interactive library management system for use both at school and at home for browsing and making reservations.

Girls are provided with library inductions at the start of the academic year and are encouraged to take full advantage of our facilities and to ask for assistance or advice they may need with their studies or researching their wider interests. We also welcome suggestions for new books and resources which girls would like to see in the library. 

The library is open all hours and is a quiet and welcoming space for reflection and intellectual endeavour. The Librarian is always available during school hours for advice on information searches, book selection and guidance with private study. Miss S Lawrence is Librarian whilst Mrs E Aves is on maternity leave.

Various book clubs and literary speakers ensure that reading is a key element of life at Francis Holland. For example, last year author and illustrator Sally Gardner and author Holly Bourne visited to speak to the pupils.

Resources

The librarian works with the Head of Department to ensure that high quality and up-to-date resources are available to support the girls' academic study. While girls take full advantage of ever growing range of online resources, they are encouraged to explore their subjects in more depth by reading from a range of academic texts. 

New library books for all curriculum areas are bought each year and Heads of Department review the stock with the Librarian regularly. 

Beyond The Classroom

Throughout the school year authors are invited to the school to discuss their latest novel. We are thrilled to have welcomed the author and illustrator Sally Gardner; author and journalist Rachel Campbell-Johnston; professional cartoonist and writer John Byrne; authors Holly Bourne, Julia Golding, Mary Hooper and K.A.S Quinn. 

There are various book clubs which meet once a month in the library, including a Manga club and a Carnegie shadowing club. Members also get first pick of the new library books.

 

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life

W. Somerset Maugham

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