Academic: The Library

Updated: Mon 19 Mar 2018   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

The School Library

The school library is a useful place for homework, studying and reading. If you need help with something, then ask a library helper or our Librarian, Mrs Fletcher

Access to the library

Everyone may come in before & after school, & at Morning Break (before 10.50); but to come into the library at lunchtimes, pupils in Year 7-11 must apply for a library pass for the year. Students must arrive before 1.30 p.m. Students in year 12 & 13 do not need a pass, but must ensure that they use the library for reading or working.

Opening times

Open everyday.        Before school           08:00 to 08:30 (except Mondays)

                                    Break                          10:40 to 11:00

                                    Lunch                          13:00 to 14:00

                                    After school               15:30 to 16:30

                                    (Years 11, 12 & 13 to 18.00)

 If the Librarian is not available, the library will be closed (e.g. staff meetings)

Leisure Reading

Fiction is divided into Children’s Fiction (more suitable for Lower School), Young Adult & Adult. Both sections are arranged by genre (such as Horror Fiction) and then arranged alphabetically by the author’s surname within each section.

We also have magazines. The most recent will be displayed on the magazine stand. The older magazines are kept in boxes on the trolley. Magazines are not to be taken out of the library.

Information Resources & the Library Catalogue

Non-fiction books are arranged by subject; each topic has a number code (called the Dewey number). You can use the catalogue to find non-fiction books. Either: use the Search Computer in the library, or click on “The Library”  on the Student Gateway page anywhere in school.

Useful websites are also catalogued by subject - you can click on the URL to go straight to the site.

Careers/Higher Education Section

This contains useful books about careers, higher & further education, including prospectuses. Most items are to be consulted within the library.

Diversity Section

Resources on life skills, study skills, health matters, relationships, family, growing up & social issues are kept here. Many of these are available to be borrowed.

Reference Section

There is a section of specialist dictionaries & encyclopaedias arranged by Dewey order - these must not be taken out of the library.


Computers are available before and after school without booking, but you will need a pass for lunch time use. We operate a waiting list for those students still needing to use computers when all are in use.

TBSHS subscribes to some online databases; ask the Librarian for passwords. We also recommend that you belong to both Essex and Hertfordshire Public Libraries to be able to access their online resources (you need to type in the membership number on their library cards).

Borrowing Books

If you want to take a book out, take it to the Issue Desk. Once you’ve taken the book out, you must return it within three weeks.


If the book you wish to take out is currently out to someone else you can reserve the book. To do this you need to go to the Issue Desk and fill in a reservation card. Once the book becomes available you will be notified and it will be held for you for one week.

Returning and Renewing Books

You must return a book on or before the date shown in the front of the book. To return a book simply hand it in to the Issue Desk , and wait while it is returned on the issue system.

If you haven’t finished reading/using the book, you can renew the book for a further two weeks. However if someone has reserved the same book you can only renew it once.

New Book Display

There are 2 glass-fronted cabinets as you come into the library, where we display new books for a week. You may reserve items from here.

Book Recommendations

If you would like to recommend a good book for the Librarian to consider buying for the library, please fill out a recommendation slip, available at the Issue Desk.


The library sells items such as pens, pencils, rulers, paper and maths equipment. There is a price list displayed within the library.


There is a photocopier in the library: an A4 page costs 10p. If you need a photocopy of something then please speak to the Librarian.

Library Helpers

In addition to the Librarian, there are voluntary helpers, both students & parents, who help with the day-to-day running of the library. Please ask the Librarian if you are interested.


  • No eating or drinking (unless bottled water)
  • Be as quiet as possible
  • Settle down quickly with the resources you need
  • Appropriate behaviour on the computers (no games)
  • Phones should stay in pockets!