The Booklender

Librarian by day, asleep by night.



The library is open during term time from Monday to Friday, 8.10am to 4.00pm.

It may occasionally be closed for exams or functions.


You will find the library rules on the wall opposite the entrance to the library.

When using the Library, please follow the Library Code:

  • Put your bags in the shelves by the photocopier

  • Be considerate of your fellow students by keeping the noise level as low as possible

  • Put all rubbish in the bins provided

  • No eating in the library. You are allowed a bottle of water, but keep it away from the computers – they are NOT thirsty.

  • Put chairs and tables back where you found them

  • If you don’t know where books go, leave them on the Returns Trolley

  • Return all library items on time and in good condition.

  • The library computers are for schoolwork only.

  • If you have any questions, ask Mr Katz or Mr Owen.


Up to 3!


Zip! Zilch! Nada! Nuffink! Zero!

It’s free!


There are a couple of ways to make sure the book gets put aside for you.

  • Fill in a Reservation Form and put it in the Reservations Box by my desk.

  • Log in to Eclipse – the library catalogue – search for the book you want, and click the reserve button.

  • Ask me!


You can borrow books for up to 2 weeks.


You put it in the yellow returns box by the front desk. DO NOT put it straight back on the shelves – if you do that, it will not come off your account, and you won’t be able to take any more books out.


You can! Just let me know BEFORE the book becomes overdue, and I will renew it for you for another 2 weeks.


You can renew books up to a maximum of 5 times. If you want longer, you must return the book to the library first and then have it re-issued so that the renewal count is reset.

HOWEVER, you cannot renew your book if someone else has reserved it.


If you have any overdue books, you will not be able to take any more books out until you return or renew the late ones. When your book becomes overdue, then I will start sending e-mails to remind you. After the 4th e-mail, I will assume that the book is lost.


Try VERY hard not to lose a book. Then try harder. If you’ve tried as hard as you can to NOT lose a book, but you still manage to lose it, then you will have to pay a £3 fine (or you can buy a replacement copy for the school).


Try VERY hard not to damage a book. Then try harder. If you’ve tried as hard as you can to NOT damage a book, but you still manage to damage it, then you will have to pay a £3 fine (or you can buy a replacement copy for the school).


DON’T DO IT! If your friend wants to read the book, you should return it to the library first so we can then issue it to your friend. Because if your friend loses or damages the book while it is still on loan to you, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR IT! If it is on loan to you, it is your responsibility!


YES YOU DO! If the book leaves the Library, it HAS to be checked out!


It is, as long as you have a note from your teacher AND you sign in to and out of the library.

No note, no library.


There are 2 main types of books:

  • fiction (story books);

  • non-fiction (fact books).

There are also:

  • graphic novels, manga and picture books;

  • textbooks, which are for reference use only (this means you can only look at them in the library – you cannot take them home);

  • Millennium Classics.


The fiction books are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.

  • If you know the author’s last name, then you just need to find the right letter on the shelves (the books all have a sticker with the first letter of the author’s last name on the spine).

  • If you don’t know the author’s last name, you can look it up on Eclipse (the library catalogue), or you can look it up on the web.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books can be found on the “K” shelf, under “Kinney”.


Non-fiction books all have a number assigned to them. They are arranged numerically (from 001 to 999). This is called the Dewey Decimal System. Each number represents a subject. The more specific a number, the more specific the subject.

Understanding Dewey

For example:

  • 500s = science

  • 590s = zoology

  • 599 = mammals.

I can get even more specific by putting more numbers after a decimal. For example:

  • 599.2 = marsupials

  • 599.25 = koalas.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorise all these numbers or technical terms! We have a handy Subject Index to help you find what you need.

So volcanoes can be found under:

  • Science (500s)

  • Geology (550s)

  • Dynamic Geology (551)

  • Seismology (551.2)

  • Volcanoes (551.21)

Dewey Decimal System

When you’re looking for a non-fiction book, don’t forget to check the books on the bottom shelves – they are the Oversized Books – the ones that are too big to fit on the normal shelves.

Time for a quick game!

  • Pick a card!

  • Solve the clue!

  • Find the answer!


Search on Eclipse (the library catalogue) or ask the friendly neighbourhood librarian.

Their now follows a quick demonstration on how to use Eclipse…


Eclipse – the demonstration continues…


Log on to Eclipse and write a review! If you’ve got a smart phone or a tablet, you can download the Eclipse app (it’s free, and it’s called iMLS) and record a video review!

HOMEWORK: Write or record a review of a book you read recently. Did you love it? Hate it? Thought it was OK?

Try to include the following elements in your review:

  • A brief summary of the book – without giving any spoilers!

  • What you liked about the book – characters, humour, scary, exciting…

  • What you didn’t like about the book – confusing, boring, offensive…

  • Would you recommend this book? Who to?

You’ve got until the next library lesson to submit your review in Eclipse.


More than 5000, when they are all here!


Not even close.


Let’s see…

Say there are 5000 books. I am not a fast reader. It takes me, on average, about a month to read a book. That’s 5000 months. Which is about 415 years. Despite being magical beings, we librarians do not live that long!


Ask me! Ask your friends! Ask your teacher!

Ask the Internet! Here are some good sites to go to for recommendations of what to read next:

  • Accelerated Reader




Know of any more? Let me know!


Student librarians:

  • Issue and return books

  • Help to process new stock

  • Help put books away

  • Help out at library events

  • Help create displays

  • Run the Maths Equipment shop

  • Are awesome people


  • Being a librarian is the BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!

  • You get to see behind the scenes of the library!

  • It’s fun!

  • It will look great on your CV

  • You get the opportunity to be nominated for the national Pupil Library Assistant Of The Year award!

  • I will write you a reference letter which you can use when you start applying for jobs, colleges or universities

  • You get a shiny LIBRARIAN badge

  • You get to eat your lunch in the library.


You must fill in a simple application form and we will then conduct an interview with you (it will be excellent practice for the future!).

If you are interested, see me at the end of the lesson for a form.


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