The Reference Library contains books which cannot be borrowed to be taken home. They can be borrowed for use within a class for a short period of time. Books in the Reference Library include:
Encyclopaedias - both full sets such asWorld Bookand theEncyclopaedia Britannicaand single volumes such as The Glasgow Encyclopedia
Dictionaries - English language and foreign language dictionaries
Maps, atlases and street directories
Guinness World Records
Essential Articles volumes 1 - 17
Rare books - for example, the Library has a small collection of books on local man and political reformer, Thomas Muir. Some of these books are now out of print and cannot be replaced.
Books produced by the school - for example school year books and poetry books produced by pupils. These are only in print for a short time and cannot be purchased once out of print.
Pupils can also access online information sources which are helpful for discursive essays, talks, projects and general research. These can be accessed from home or school.You can obtain the password to log in to each of these information sources from Mrs Thomas.
The Library has over 2000 fiction books to choose from. These books are split in to two sections - Fiction, which can be read by all pupils and Senior Fction which contains titles more suited to pupils in S4 - S6 and staff. If a younger pupil wishes to borrow a Senior Fiction book a permission slip is completed and sent home to parents before the book is issued to the pupil.
Fiction books are arranged on the shelves inalphabetical order by the author's surname.
Pupils are encouraged to suggest new titles for the Library. In session 2019 - 20, some of the most popular authors were:
Holly Bourne, David Walliams, Tom Palmer, Jeff Kinney, Robert Muchamore, Derek Landy, Michael Morpurgo, Rick Riordan, Liz Pichon and Anthony Horowitz.
Non-fiction books are FACT books. We read them for information. For example books on animals, cars, fashion, sports and different religions would all be found in the non-fiction section of the Library. The Library has almost 5500 non-fiction books.
Non-fiction books are arranged on the shelves bysubject.To keep books on the same subject together, we use the Dewey Decimal Classification Sysytem. This system was first introduced to libraries in the nineteenth century and is constantly updated to take account of new information. Many libraries use this method of organising non-fiction books. Using a numbering system it enables libraries to keep books on the same or similar subjects together. The Dewey Decimal Classification divides all knowledge in to ten main categories. These are
000 General works (including encyclopaedias)
100 Philosophy and Psychology
300 Social Sciences
500 Science and Mathematics
600 Technology (Applied Science)
700 The Arts, Sports and Recreation
900 Geography and History
Within a subject area, subjects (and books) can be classified from a very general subject to a very specific subject. As a subject gets more specific, the Dewey number gets longer.
500 Science and Mathematics
The Dewey number is marked on the spine of a book and on the label inside the book.