Glossopdale School


About the Library at Glossopdale School

The Library is a vibrant, attractive area of the school available to students before morning registration and during breaks. It is managed by a qualified and experienced Chartered Librarian so students always have the opportunity to ask for help and advice. The school works with the ethos that “Everything Starts with Reading”.

There are areas in the Library dedicated to Fiction, Non-Fiction and Reference books with a wide selection of titles and resources in each section. Every student automatically becomes a member of the Library on joining Glossopdale School.

Both the Fiction and Non-fiction areas have an extensive collection of Accelerated Reader titles to choose from at all levels. There are also specialist collections dedicated to Post 16 students and for younger users. The Library has space for whole classes seated at tables, as well as a set of computers and comfortable seating for students to use throughout the day. Students are taught research and literacy skills to support their learning.

Our resources are all recorded on our Library Management System or 'Catalogue' – by Microlibrarian  – this is available throughout the College wherever there is access to the internet, and is supplemented by online resources such as Issue Online and Emagazine.

The Library aims to

  • support students and staff in the process of learning, teaching and personal development, through the provision of high quality information collections and related services.
  • focus on developing student skills in the areas of finding and using information both in printed and digital formats.
  • raise the standards of literacy through encouraging students to gain a love and enjoyment of books and reading, with the ability to reflect on what they have read


Library Facilities

Information Literacy: The Library offers lots of helpful advice and sessions to help you learn how to find and manage information.

Online Resources: The Library offers a range of web based information. Please ask the Librarian.

Computers: The computers can be used by individual students during their break and lunch times or free study periods. Please ask at the counter to use a computer for your work.

Study Spaces: Work tables are available for you to study and read at. Please be aware that you are surrounded by students who need the quiet and academic atmosphere of the Library to achieve.

Catalogue Staff and students can use the catalogue whenever they need to search for sources within the Library or online resources. It is web-based - just ask the librarian for the website address.

Enquiry Desk/ Issue Counter: The purpose of the enquiry desk is to address any queries regarding the use of the library catalogue, online resources and finding items you need within the Library. You should also change your reading books here.

Accelerated Reader

The school runs the Accelerated Reader (AR) scheme for all Year 7 students and selected Year 8 students. We have an excellent record for promoting reading using this motivational tool and students enjoy reading and quizzing large numbers of books. Students gain a reading level, choose books according to interests and ability and sit online quizzes to show understanding. Rewards and competitions further encourage reading for pleasure. AR happens during a weekly English lesson in the Library and students are set reading targets for homework every week.

Read about how Accelerated Reader works here

Login to ARHomeConnect see your progress so far with Accelerated Reader

LIbrary Information

Opening Hours:

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

 Borrowing Information:

Students: 2 books for 14 days each

Staff: Unlimited number of items, one month loan period

To make the Library an enjoyable environment for everyone, we ask all users to adhere to the following:

  • No food or drink
  • Coats off
  • Work quietly: read, study, research, borrow and return books
  • Mobile Free Zone
  • No sitting on the floor
  • Do not move the furniture
  • Respect the resources

Recommended Reading

Find out what our students are reading for pleasure here