Senior School Library
Senior School Library

Senior School Library

Library opening hours
Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 5.30pm
Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

Channing Senior School library aims to foster literacy, independent learning and a love of reading in all students. It supports teaching and learning across and beyond the curriculum and gives pupils the skills needed to find and use information effectively.

We stock a wide range of up-to-date fiction and non-fiction books, including ebooks and audiobooks. Pupils can browse our collection and recommended reading lists on the library catalogue. We use professional school-librarian channels and bookseller reviews to develop the collection, as well as pupil and teacher recommendations.

Pupils also have access to a range of newspapers and magazines in both electronic and hard-copy format. Our cross-curricular e-resources include Britannica School online encyclopedia and JSTOR full-text academic journal database. Pupils can access most electronic resources both at home and at school.

The library enjoys beautiful views over Waterlow Park and is a light and inspiring place to work. As well as plenty of desk space there are seven Mac desktop computers and Chromebooks. During lessons and after school the main part of the library is designated a quiet study area. However there is also a group study room for collaborative work and meetings with teachers.

Pupils have fortnightly library lessons in Year 7 and thereafter the library collaborates with teachers to provide training in research skills and information literacy tailored to each subject. The library also supports the research elements of the EPQ and TeenTech programmes at Channing.

In collaboration with the English department, the library runs various book clubs for pupils to share their enjoyment of reading. Each year we take part in the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme, where schools shadow the judging of a major children’s literature prize. Pupils also enjoy sharing book recommendations via our interactive library catalogue.

From September 2020 pupils’ access to the library before and after school will be restricted to minimise mixing between year-group bubbles. A rota system will be introduced to ensure all pupils still have some access to the library space. Pupils will also still be able to borrow physical books through a ‘Click and Deliver’ system. Book clubs will take place online where they can’t happen in person.

The library at Channing is valued for its place at the centre of teaching and learning and the opportunities it affords for pupils to develop as readers, independent learners, scholars and informed citizens.