About the Library
The Longsands Library is centrally located adjacent to the New Hall. It is a central collection of books, magazines and computers available to all students
Normally open from 8:00 until 16:00, the library is run by our chartered librarian, Mr Hynes. The main purpose of the library is to support students' learning with information and recreational reading material. There are nearly 16000 books in the library, along with subscriptions to about 50 magazines and six daily newspapers, with back copies available in either paper copy, or online (see below).
There are lots of suggestions to help students choose their reading books, including the top 100 or so titles from the past school year (The fault in our stars, and the Diary of a wimpy kid series are at the top). There are also lists of suggested reading on the VLE, both for fiction, and for curriculum subjects.
There are 24 computers giving access to the internet, intranet and many locally held resources, accessible by all our students, which also provide access to a number of subscription-based online services. These subject-specific subscriptions are identified to the relevant students on the VLE.
Back copies of newspapers are available through the county library service at: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20060/online_library_services which gives free access to further online subscription-based resources for members of the public library service, including ebooks. You need a library card and account to access these services, so if you are not a member, drop in to your local library. It is free to join.
All students in yrs 7 to 11 can borrow up to 3 fiction and 3 non-fiction books, usually for 3 weeks. These can be renewed at any time, but if they are overdue, must be presented for renewal. Overdue charges are not used, but those students with overdue books will not be allowed to borrow further material until their accounts are cleared. As in the public library, lost material should be paid for.
Due to the nature of their studies, sixth formers are allowed more books - 10 non-fiction, for six week loan periods. Students can expect to visit the library during lesson times in any subject area, and of course are welcome to use the facilities before and after school, and during break and lunch. To borrow books Longsands uses a biometric database, but the student logbook is also acceptable when presented. At break and lunch, students (who volunteer their services usually at the start of the school year) help to issue and return books. For details of how to join this group please see Mr Hynes.
Each year a group of students also take part ‘chasing’ the CILIP Carnegie medal shortlist titles. In association with the English Department, students read and discuss the shortlisted titles, coming up with their own winner and having a prize-winning presentation with other local schools’ ‘chasers’ when the official prize winner is announced.
Filmclub is held in the library on Wednesdays through the autumn and spring term, with forthcoming titles advertised on the noticeboard in the library foyer, as well as on the intranet.
A recent addition is an interactive whiteboard in the reference library. This allows teachers to book the room with all the facilities of their classroom, plus a suite of computers and access to the library stock, enabling students to research their lessons with a host of resources at hand.