Byron Library

Our library is named after our past Parish Priest, Father Brian Byron, who was well known for his love of books and learning. 

Our library is the “heart of the school”, a place for all to share: students, staff, the parish, parents and preschoolers. It is open on every day of the week and is used by classes, individuals, interest groups, specialist classes, parent groups and the wider community.

The library’s main purpose is to provide wide reading experiences for all children and to support the school’s curriculum. For this reason we have a large and varied collection. There are over 11,000 titles catalogued in our collections.

These include:

For the students:

  • Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Junior Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction   
  • Junior Non Fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Reference Books

For parents:                                                                                                       

  • Parent Resources

For teachers:

  • Home Readers
  • Reading Recovery Books
  • Reading Resources
  • Big Books
  • Teacher Reference

In addition, the Library is resourced with a Promethean 2 ActivBoard (interactive whiteboard), a bank of wireless laptop computers, i-pads and a number of digital cameras. 

The Library uses the Oliver cataloguing system.  Using Oliver, the Library can be accessed by any child from their classrooms or even from home. Anyone can browse the catalogue and students from Years 3 – 6 can even reserve books.

The Byron Library is intended to be a pleasant environment in which pupils feel welcome and encouraged to enjoy books, reading and gathering information as well as playing games and socialising in a quiet setting.

Students attend the Library weekly for library lessons which support and complement their classroom studies. All children are encouraged to use this time for borrowing although they are also welcome to borrow whenever the Library is open at lunchtime.

The Library is open on most days of the week at lunchtime for varied activities such as quiet reading, chess, games and private study.

The Librarian is also responsible for organising school participation in The Premier’s Reading Challenge, The Reading Rockers’ Book Club (Yrs 4 – 6),  Scholastic Book Club for buying books, the Parent’s Book Club (Tea Tales) which meets twice a term to discuss children’s book, a Christmas Book Sale and regular competitions with book prizes.

The Byron Library depends upon its parent volunteers who give of their time to assist with re-shelving books that have been returned and with covering newly accessioned books. Volunteers are invited to help at the beginning of each year but you are welcome to join us at any time. 

Library Monitors from Years 4 – 6 are another essential element in the smooth running of the Library. Not only do they shelve books, they also assist at lunchtimes with loaning books and games and general supervision.