A wide range of resources to support your daughter’s learning……
The Library is the centre for independent learning and the teaching of research skills throughout the school. It provides approximately 30,000 resources to create a studious yet stimulating environment for girls of all ages at the very heart of the school. It plays an important part in encouraging and supporting pupils in their independent study and research. Supported by a highly qualified team, girls can pursue their own interests, develop the habit of quiet reading, and learn when and how to use a range of library resources. In addition the school archives are maintained and developed by library staff, who aim to use the collections for the benefit of both the school community and external researchers
Resources to support homework
Your daughter will be able to access a huge range of resources to support her learning. Our non-fiction book stock reflects all the subject areas taught across the school and we welcome classes to visit the library regularly. We subscribe to around 40 journals in order for pupils to be able to keep abreast of current thinking, including The Economist, New Scientist, Scientific American, Spectator, National Geographic and History Today. We also promote the use of electronic resources, subscribing to a number of recognised online databases in order to avoid the random and often fruitless searching that can emanate from using general search engines. Currently, girls can use Britannica Online, History, Science and Literary Reference Centres and a range of Oxford Online resources, as well as online newspapers and journals, both current and archive. We provide structured guidance in using these resources effectively throughout the school. The library also holds an iPad for girls to use on site to enrich their learning experience.
It has been observed in the media that ‘Children who read for pleasure in their spare time perform significantly better at school than other pupils…Reading for pleasure during secondary school had the biggest effect, with books judged to be more important to children’s development at an older age than the influence of their parents’. (Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2013) Fostering a love of reading is of paramount importance to us, and we have various means to encourage this amongst our pupils. We stock a variety of fiction, including set texts and classic novels, current popular teenage fiction, Man Booker and other award winners, and Kindle e-readers. We welcome a contemporary author to come and talk to our pupils each term, and are always happy to talk with pupils about their reading choices and recommend titles and authors.
Opportunities to be involved
Girls can apply to be a library monitor as soon as they join year 7, and those selected undertake a training programme. They have the chance to take part in all aspects of running a library and organising library events, through to year 13. ‘Mad Hatters’ is our hugely popular Middle School book group, with all sorts of book related activities, and we also have an Upper School book group. Girls are encouraged to be involved in our busy archive, often writing on aspects of school history or interviewing Old North Londoners.
Lessons in the library
Library lessons begin straight away with every Year 7 pupil visiting the library on their first day at school. They then receive a structured programme of library induction in their first term, covering use of the library catalogue, using reference materials, searching the internet effectively and the school archive.
As girls progress through school, they will receive lessons at appropriate times from our expert team of qualified librarians. They will enjoy fiction lessons in conjunction with the English department, looking at characterisation, plot and narrative devices. As they grow older, they will be given structured tuition on a range of research skills, including internet searching, note taking, referencing and citing, and avoiding plagiarism. This means that NLCS pupils are ready and prepared for the rigours of academic research on reaching university.
The library is open before and after school as well as at break times, allowing space for private study or general reading. There are networked computers for pupil use, along with printing and photocopying facilities.
For more information and reading recommendations, please look at the reading page.