The Library Space and Resources
The Library and Information Centre is housed in an innovative sustainable building overlooking the college wetlands. Its high ceilings and natural light make it an attractive and dynamic study space which is heavily utilised by both classes and individual students in their free time. It comprises five distinct learning spaces which support collaborative and individual learning, including a:
- Wide reading area
- Research area
- Leisure reading area with plasma screen
- Computer lab
- Presentation space
Equipped with multiple data projectors, a suite of computers for private study and Wi-Fi, the Library and Information Centre supports the effective use of ICT across the curriculum. Printing, photocopying, laminating and binding facilities are also available to students.
The library’s extensive collection features hard copy and digital resources including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and picture storybooks, reference materials, periodicals, newspapers, databases, DVDs and online resources via the college intranet and website. Students are able to loan from the collection for extended periods and are encouraged to request purchases of new resources to help the library continuously grow its rich collection, whilst being responsive to student and staff needs and interests.
Supporting Teaching and Learning
Information literacy is recognised as a key skill necessary to succeed in today’s knowledge economy and our aim is to enable students to be confident and independent learners and researchers. Qualified library staff support the college’s teachers and students in their teaching and learning needs through information literacy education sessions. These sessions cover a range of topics including search skills and referencing, sourcing and preparation of materials for research and study and the promotion of new educational websites, resources and web applications.
Our library staff are on hand to answer individual reference enquiries and provide one-on-one assistance with researching, referencing and wide reading, while the Homework Club operates out of the library on a weekly basis, staffed by teachers from all learning areas.
Recreational Reading and Activities
In addition to its use during class time, the library is also heavily utilised by students during free times for recreational activities including, reading books and comics and playing strategy games. The school has a strong chess culture which is supported by the library’s numerous chess sets, including a giant chess set which is very popular amongst students.
The Library and Information Centre is open on weekdays from 8:15am to 4:30pm, including recess and lunchtime.