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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning


The Library is situated in the LRC on the ground floor. It is open every day from 8.00am until 4.00pm, managed by two Learning Resources Centre Managers.

The Library has approximately 25,000 books of fiction and non-fiction, spoken word CDs and DVDs.  We also have a 'Kindle' bar which students can use to access e-books at break times and lunch times, and a touch screen plasma to access the library catalogue. 

Students may log on to the Library from home to search the library catalogue, see their loans and reserve books by using this link:  

The books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. Students in Years 7-11 may borrow up to six books at a time. Sixth Form students may borrow up to twelve books and can keep them for four weeks. 

The Library has 21 computers for students to use. These are linked to the College network and provide access to the Internet.

Every Wednesday break time we run a Kahoot game where students have a chance to win a book.  Every Wednesday lunch time we run a Reading Club where we have great fun discussing our favourite books.   On Friday lunch times we put out a selection of board games for students to enjoy.

During the course of the year the library organises Author visits for different year groups. 

We have a very active team of student librarians always willing to help out with any enquiries.

The library is also part of the LSA (Library School Association) network which helps us provide the latest information.

There is seating for 50 students. Classes regularly come to the Library with their teachers to use the various resources.

The Learning Resources Managers provide a library skills programme for Year 7 students during their first year.  They also run a reading group throughout the year and further research skills lessons for Year 8 students.

There is a purpose-built Sixth Form area which has 18 PCs and a printer.  These are specifically for Years 12 and 13 and are available for private study between 8.00am - 4.00pm.  Laptops are also available for students to borrow.  There is additional seating for sixth formers not requiring a PC. This area houses the senior fiction books, classical novels and also has a large collection of A Level publications to support the students' learning.  

To view the Collingwood Library Stock Management Policy please click here.

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