The Library is open for three days a week: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is closed on Thursday and Friday. Miss Butcher works on Tuesday and Miss Hemsworth works on Wednesday. Mondays are alternated between the librarians.
The library is open during every scheduled period for drop in access and class visits. In addition, it is open at break times at the following times:
Monday and Tuesday - Before School: 8.30-8.45
-After School: 3.40-4.10
Wednesday- Before School: 8.30-8.45
-Break: 10.30- 10.45
- After School: 2.50-3.20
All year groups are encouraged to use the library during their free time for PC access, quiet study, reading or research.
There are three main sections in the library: fiction, non-fiction and careers. There areapproximately 12,000 physical items in stock comprising of books and audio books. Resources may be borrowed for two weeks but may be renewed.
Study guides and past papers for all subjects are available to be loaned.
The library has 7 PCs available for student use. The library also subscribes to a number of different electronic resources:
Britannica School (http://school.eb.co.uk/storeschoolcard?id=standrewsacademy)
Complete Issues (http://www.completeissues.co.uk/)
The Day (http://theday.co.uk)
Access to Issues Online is available to students who have a public library membership and can be accessed here: (http://www.issuesonline.co.uk/subscription/login)
These can all be accessed from school or from home. Please ask one of the librarians for the access details or see the posters around school.
Stock for the library is selected by concentrating on two main objectives:
- Material that supports Curriculum for Excellence
- Material that supports pupil’s recreational reading, literacy and encourages reading for pleasure.
Pupils are encouraged to recommend books that they wish the library to purchase and pupils have been involved in stock selection trips to Waterstones.
All 1st and 2nd year pupils have one timetabled library period per fortnight but are encouraged to use the library during their free time also. The pupils are involved in Reading for Gold which asks pupils to write book reviews about the books they have just read. These are stored in the library so that other pupils can get inspiration for further reading from their peers.
The library is well used by S6 students for personal study during free periods.
Many subject departments make use of the library at various times throughout the year and the librarians are able to create topic boxes and provide research guidance for work being done in class.