Librarian: Mrs K. Thomas
The Library – a place of quiet reading and studying. Whilst this does happen at Bishopbriggs Academy Library, it is not always the case! Having a new superb hi-specification Library ensures the Library is busy every day. From before school in the morning until late in the day, the Library is full of pupils taking part in a range of activities to encourage reading, support the curriculum and develop information handling skills. Over just the course of one day recently we had S1 pupils undertaking a game to learn about non-fiction as part of their library and information skills course, while Standard Grade Business Management pupils researched sources of information and encyclopaedias and a class of S6 pupils researched photographic techniques for their Higher Photography course. Later in the day, S2 RMPS pupils were hard at work producing Power Point presentations on charities which support street children, individual pupils dropped in to complete career interview appointment cards and senior pupils used GLOW to complete an Advanced Higher History question on the Spanish Civil War. Not forgetting the pupils who came in to borrow or renew library books and DVDs, complete homework or type up essays. The Library is rarely empty. Almost every subject department uses the Library at some point in the school year, resulting in around 2000 pupils visiting the Library each week and over 7500 resources issued each year.
Bishopbriggs Academy School Library is located in a stunning new Library on the first floor and provides a wide range of resources for both staff and pupils in the school. At present the Library contains almost 8000 books, DVDs and magazines which support the curriculum and reading for enjoyment and pleasure. The Library is well equipped with 17 desktop PCs, 9 net books and a Lap Safe trolley containing 20 lap tops which can be used to access the school network and Internet. PCs can be also booked by pupils for use out with class time. An Active Whiteboard is also available for use by teaching staff and the librarian.
Aims of the Library
Opening hours (out with class time):
Monday / Tuesday Wednesday / Thursday Friday
8.30am* - 8.50am 8.30am* - 8.50am 8.30am* - 8.50am
1.50pm - 2.10pm 1.05pm - 1.30pm 1.05pm - 1.30pm
3.50pm - 4.10pm 3.10pm - 4.00pm 3.10pm - 3.30pm
*Officially the Library opens at 8.30am, however it is usually open from 8.00am for pupils who arrive early at school and who wish to use PCs, read or do homework or meet friends.
Due to the large number of pupils using the Library at lunchtimes, year groups will be allowed in to the library as follows:
Monday S1 and S3 pupils
Tuesday S2 and S4 Pupils
Wednesday S1 and S3 pupils
Thursday S2 and S4 pupils
Friday Alternate weeks, S1 and S3 one week, S2 and S4 pupils the next week.
S5 and S6 pupils may use the Library every day.
All pupils may use the Library any day before and after school.
Pupils in first to fourth year may borrow up to four items at a time. Senior pupils may borrow up to ten items at a time. Resources can be borrowed for a two week period which can be extended if further time is required. Pupils are also able to reserve items which may be out on loan. Around 7500 resources are issued each year. The Library’s automated Library system, Heritage enables pupils to search and locate resources in the Library.