The Leys

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The school library provides a central collection of resources for the curricular needs of pupils and staff which supports and extends teaching and learning, as well as resources for pupils’ leisure needs.

It offers a welcoming, comfortable space for study or leisure reading with a wide selection of physical material and access to more online. It is staffed by professional librarians who promote reading not just for pleasure but for its fundamental role in successful learning and who are involved in developing pupils’ information literacy skills formally and at point of need. We want pupils to grow a love of reading and for that reading to enhance their learning.

It comprises two rooms on the top floor of the King’s Building:

  • The Library contains non-fiction resources, including newspapers and periodicals, arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System. There is a wireless network, 12 laptops for use in the Library, three desktop computers and A3 print/scan facilities. Diverse study areas cater for different needs during the school day or Study time.
  • The Kent Room houses fiction in A-Z order by author surname, plus Graphic Novels, Quick Reads and Short Stories. It’s a good place to read in quiet and comfort. A suite of networked PCs provides access to the school’s Intranet and the Internet; wireless access is also available. Sixth Form pupils may work in here unsupervised during library open hours; in the evenings it is a Sixth Form only space for collaborative working.

The Library Catalogue is accessible on a dedicated terminal in the Library, via the Intranet and through the iMLS App on school iPads. Items may be reserved or renewed online. The Library also has links to over a dozen online services including Britannica School & Image Quest; History, Literary & Science Reference Centres; Philip Allan Magazines; Gale Science; Digital Theatre Plus.

Pupils in Years 7-10 may borrow six items; in Year 11 ten items; in Sixth Form 12 items. Books may be renewed twice (if not reserved) with a two week loan period (one week for DVDs) but extended loans are allowed over school holidays. Some items are restricted to staff and older pupils.

Opening Hours

Library Opening Hours
Monday08:30-18:20
19:10-21:00 (quiet study only)
Tuesday08:30-12:35
16:30-18:20
19:10-21:00 (quiet study only)
Wednesday08:30-18:20
19:10-21:00 (quiet study only)
Thursday08:30-12:35
16:30-18:20
19:10-21:00 (quiet study only)
Friday08:30-18:20
19:10-21:00 (quiet study only)
Saturday08:30-12:40

 

The Library is reserved for quiet study between 1910-2100 when no talking is allowed. Sixth Form may use the Kent Room for collaborative work at this time with permission of House duty staff. Day pupils may use the Library after school hours with some restrictions; Year 9-11 require signed permission from their HsM.

Staff

  • Alison Lainchbury BA MCLIP: Librarian & Archivist
  • Lyndsey Goddard BA MA: Assistant Librarian
  • Pauline Harris: Library Assistant

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01223 508900

The Leys School

Cambridge

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