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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Library

Welcome to our Library

 

Leesbrook Library is a vibrant space that enhances and supports learning across the curriculum. It also offers a welcoming environment for students who are looking for a place to read, relax and retreat momentarily from the rigours of the school day.

Information for Students

All our students and staff have access to Leesbrook Library, where we house more than 2,500 diverse and exciting books waiting to be read. Besides the conventional fiction and non-fiction books our varied collection includes print journals and periodicals, revision guides, reference books, self-help and study guides, and a staff training library. In the library we also have thirty PCs for students to use during Library lessons, as well as morning and lunchtime breaks.

We use an exciting, interactive library management system called Accessit. Students can log into Accessit via their Horizons iPads by using the accessit web app.

Students sign into the app using their Single Sign On (SSO); these are the same details they use to log into the school computers.

This easy-to-use app offers students a comprehensive range of services, allowing them to browse and explore the library catalogue, to reserve, renew and review books, and to create their own reading ‘wish list’.

Since we know that today many young people prefer to use technology-based reading over a physical book, we also have a virtual library space where students have free access to thousands of eBooks and audio books. You can view this here ePlatform

As with our library dashboard, the virtual library can be downloaded on Horizons iPads, using their Single Sign On. Online interactive tutorials and other training videos to help develop skills of finding, exploring and using the application can be found here how to use ePlatform

We run regular book-based competitions and reward schemes to engage students, encourage participation in Library events and inspire a love of reading. While we do run silent study periods during some morning and lunch breaks, students also use the library to socialise and play chess.

We run an exceptionally popular book club, also known as “The Bookworms”, on a Friday afternoon for students to read and share their thoughts and ideas. The emphasis of the club is on having fun and developing a joy of reading.

Leesbrook library is also home to our school LGBTQ+ group, True Colours. The library creates a safe place for the group to socialise, support each other, and discuss issues in confidence. The group aims to contribute to the schools inclusive and accepting environment.

Other clubs that call the library home are the Dungeons and Dragons Club and our year 11 revision group.

We encourage students to help in the library. We recruit student librarians who are trained to use the Accessit management system to issue/return books, shelve books and do other tasks that keep the library running smoothly.

The library is very active on Twitter. This is where we publish Library news, information on events, book reviews and much more.  Please take a look! @LeesbrookLib

What can I borrow?

Students may borrow 1 book for 2 weeks at a time for free.  Just bring the book you would like to borrow to the main desk to borrow books.  If you need more time to read your book, renew it by speaking to Ms Massey.

What happens if I return something late of lose a book?

You must take care of the items you borrow and remember to return them on time.  There is a reminder system in place if you do forget: you will be emailed, and your parents will be called after 3 reminders.

Sanctions may be distributed for any lost/damaged books.

For further information, speak to Ms Massey.

 

Reading Guides

Please find below some incredibly useful resources for encouraging reading and using our online library at home!

 

Links

Year 7 Reading - parents guide

Reluctant Readers guide for parents

 

Library Schedule

Monday Year 7
Tuesday Year 8
Wednesday Year 9
Thursday Year 10
Friday Year 11

 

The Library is open during break, lunch and after school.

WHAT WE DO TO ENCOURAGE READING FOR PLEASURE AT OASIS ACADEMY LEESBROOK LIBRARY

 

·         We provide and encourage a safe and welcome environment for all students

The library is open throughout the day, and students are always welcome to come in to browse, study or read on their library day or after school.

 

·         We listen

Students can submit book requests or suggestions to improve the library via the Book/Library Suggestion Post-box in the library.

We aim to get books that students want to read and that represent the differences and diversity of our Oasis Leesbrook family.

We always welcome recommendations and feedback.

 

·         We support and guide students

Whether it is with book choices, homework research or just a chat, we are always here to listen to and guide students.