How do I join?

You are automatically a member while you attend Bowland High School.

How many books can I borrow and for how long?

You can borrow 2 books at a time for up to 2 weeks. Books may be renewed twice more at the Librarians discretion. Take your chosen titles to the Issue desk for date stamping and bring them back to the desk when you have finished with them.

Please do not let your books get overdue as there are consequences including the withdrawal of all library facilities until the situation is resovled.

Fiction (story) books

These are either arranged in alphabetical order according to the author’s last name on the metal shelves or by genre/series on the revolving stands.

New titles are displayed on the metal shelves by the sitting area and there are also displays of genre/series on the window ledges. Any of these books are available for taking out.

Non-fiction (factual) books

These are arranged according to subject e.g. history, geography, art and each has its own code number on the bottom spine of the book. This is called the Dewey Classification System. You can learn more about the Dewey System from the posters, the shelf labels or by looking in Searchstar for the number you need.

Reference books

Most of these are next to the library desk on the metal shelves. They include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and cover all subject areas i.e. art, science, languages, history, geography etc. They can help you find information quickly and are kept in the library permanently.

There are also copies of all textbooks and revision guides on the shelf next to the Reference titles. You can therefore get on with homework even if you do not have your own text book with you.


There are four computers which can be used for research or to do any other educational work. A booking system is in place to reserve a computer for a twenty minute slot at lunch times. Morning break runs on a first come first served basis. Homework and course work only can be printed and must not be printed directly from the internet.


These are found in the sitting area for reading in the library. Old issues are available for project work, please ask first.

Word Games

Scrabble, Boggle, Pass the Bomb etc may be borrowed at the Librarians discretion and must be played quietly!

Book fairs

We have two book fairs a year, Easter and Christmas time. These are held in the library at lunchtime and all pupils and staff are welcome to browse and buy!


Biros, pencils, rubbers, rulers etc can be purchased from the issue desk at very reasonable prices.

Library opening times

All day to read or do research.

Morning break and lunchtime 12.50 to 13.50, to borrow books, read, research or to do homework.

Who to ask for help

  • Mrs Donald and Mrs Emmanuel
  • Pupil Librarians (They can be identified by their yellow badge)

Library Rules

When looking at books, remember to put them back where you found them, then you and other pupils will be able to find them next time they are needed.

Do not disturb other users, talk quietly and act sensibly.

There is no eating or drinking in the library at any time.

““Pupils are polite, well-mannered and respectful.”


“Teachers and pupils show mutual respect for each other.”


"Safeguarding policies and practice are highly effective."


"Pupils’ outcomes are outstanding. All groups make strong progress."