The Library

“Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers”

Institute of Education research

The CVMS library is an oasis of calm and peace at the heart of a busy school. It is a silent space for reading books, magazines and newspapers, for taking AR quizzes and sixth form study. 

There are two strands to the work of the Library; providing information and support for the curriculum and promoting recreational reading. The School encourages reading for pleasure not only as a pastime but to develop the imagination and creativity, and to support literacy and comprehension across the curriculum. Reading for pleasure is encouraged across all the school years, and targets and subsequent rewards are administered through Accelerated Reader. First form pupils have a library lesson every week, which the Librarian leads on and includes induction activities, book themed projects and silent reading.  Second and Third form pupils have a fortnightly silent reading lesson. 

Who are we?

Librarian – Miss Bugg 

Library Assistants – Mrs Geraty & Mrs Ogbechie

Where are we?      

You can find us on the first floor of New Building and the entrance is by Reception.

When are we open?                                                                                                                                  

Monday to Friday  – 8.15 am to 4.15 pm

We are open every breaktime and lunchtime.

What do we have in the library?          

We have 15,000 books to choose from including fiction, non-fiction, graphics, and manga. Approximately 6000 of the books are classic and contemporary fiction titles, appropriate for all the school age groups and reading abilities. 2,800 have Accelerated Reader Quizzes.

•    We subscribe to a variety of journals and magazines ranging from New Scientist and The Week to Match of the Day. We also have The Guardian and The Times - Monday to Friday.
•    There are 4 computer stations available for Accelerated Reader Quizzes, homework after school and sixth form use.
•    There are comfy seats/bean bags to read and relax in.
•    Frequent and colourful displays advertise new additions to the library or focus on particular topics e.g. Euro 2016.
•    Celebration of national reading events such as National Poetry Day, World Book Day
•    Themed weeks with activities for example Classics Week.
•    Weekly Library Literary Puzzle
•    We welcome suggestions and requests for new material for the library in our ‘Request Box’.
•    Book Clubs
•    Author visits 

Eclipse Library Database

You can log onto the Library Database – Eclipse by clicking on the Library icon on your desk top page or click here. Log on using your school user name and password. On the database you can search for books, look up the Top Ten, New Arrivals, What to Read Next, Library News and access your library record in My Stuff. In My Stuff you can see what you have on loan and when it is due back, books you have read in the past, reserve books and write reviews.

Book clubs                                                                                                                                                

The Library runs a variety of Book Clubs throughout the year including:                                              

Breakfast Serial – Wednesdays book discussion 8-8.30 with juice and croissants

Literary Lunchtime – half termly lunchtime event for older pupils with invited authors and speakers.    

Carnegie Shadowing – Trinity term shadowing the Carnegie Prize shortlist


How many items may I borrow?                                                                                                             

You can borrow up to 2 items in KS3, 4 items in KS4 and 6 items in Sixth Form (other than textbooks) 

Are there overdue fines?

No, but further borrowing is denied until the overdue items are returned.

What happens if I lose a book?

You will need to report the loss to the Librarian and you will be required to replace the item or provide the cost of replacement.

How can I renew a loan?

Bring the borrowed item to the library counter. The Librarian will renew the loan provided no other student has reserved it.

How can I found out if a particular book is in the library?          

You can log onto the library database Eclipse and search the library records or ask the Librarian. 

Can I look at my library record?

Yes, if you log onto Eclipse you can access your records including which books you have on loan and when they are due back. You can also look at your loan history.

How can I reserve a book?

Ask the Librarian at the library counter to reserve it for you. Alternatively you can log into Eclipse and reserve an item yourself.

Can I do my homework in the school library?                                                                                      

Homework is not permitted during school hours. You may come to the library after school and do your homework. Similarly you are not permitted to write lines in the library during school hours.

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