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 Q6 and has three 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. LR1 is a quiet working area while all other rooms can be used for group work.
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.
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.
There are a number of library apps available on student iPads which are invaluable research tools for all ages.
The library area of Firefly provides direct access to many online journals which include daily newspapers, scientific journals, history articles and subjects across the curriculum. This is a great resource and is proving invaluable for students who want to increase their general knowledge and awareness, as well as helping to develop independent research skills. EPQ and HPQ skills are also developed through the use of these resources and each qualification has their own dedicated area on Firefly, along with reading lists for all year groups.
A library and information skills programme is offered for all standards of The Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
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 numerous times.
Literary Lunch club for Sixth Form has proved to be a great success, as have our book clubs for all year groups.
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.