Library and Research Facilities
Our traditional library has evolved over the years to help us access limitless learning by becoming a hub for all pupil and teacher research.
It now not only contains more than 14,000 titles but also has an e-library service for girls to download books to their iPads, a DVD collection point, links to the British Library Document Service and Manchester University Library, and our librarians host discussions forums and books clubs as well as organise visits from well-known authors.
The library is situated in the Sixth Form building and has four main areas that staff and students may use.
LR1 is the main reference area, LR2 has an extensive fiction collection, LR3 is another subject-based area with AV facilities and LR4 is the school archive room. LR1 is a quiet working area while all other rooms can be used for group work.
We recently introduced a Queen’s e-library service. Using this, students are able to download books from our virtual library to their own devices. Queen's is one of the first schools in the UK to introduce this service and we are confident that it will be of great benefit to all students.
We provide a wide range of newspapers and journals in both print and electronic format, and library staff have added numerous resources to the school VLE so that students can access an efficient online reference service at all times. There are reading lists and discussion forums aimed to encourage lively literary debate amongst keen readers and a link to the Cheshire Libraries Virtual Reference Service. Up-to-date lists of journals and DVDs currently held in the library are also available.
Library apps on student iPads include free access to Britannica and ImageQuest, both of which are invaluable research tools for all ages.
A library and information skills programme is offered for all standards of The Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
All students are given a library induction class where they are introduced to all aspects of the service.
We have an online library system, ‘Oliver’, which allows students and staff to manage their own accounts and search the library catalogue through QS Connect or through the Library Link app.
Recent high profile author visits have included Royd Tolkien, Cathy Cassidy and CJ Daugherty. Year 7 girls can take part in the National Kids’ Lit Quiz and Year 8 students have now won the Cheshire Inter-School Book Quiz five times.
Literary Lunch club for Sixth Form has proved to be a great success, as have our book clubs for all year groups. A Sixth Form trip to one of the literature festivals is in the process of being organised and we have established links with Manchester John Rylands University library and Gladstone's Library in Hawarden to give students additional research facilities.
Our library aims to provide an effective centralised learning resource for the school curriculum, to encourage independent learning and to promote a lifelong passion for reading. We've made a lot of additions to the library page on the school VLE. You can now directly access many online journals which include daily newspapers, scientific journals, history articles and subjects across the curriculum. This is a great resource which should prove invaluable for students who want to increase their general knowledge and awareness, as well as helping to develop independent research skills.