About the Library
The library is situated in the heart of Hampton College and accessible from the central courtyard, with beautiful views across the fields and lake. It is a welcoming and comfortable environment for students to study, read and think. With over 10,000 books, magazines, DVDs as well as PCs and laptops to work on, we have something to offer students of all year groups.
We’re committed to promoting literacy on a school-wide level, to helping every student discover their new favourite book and continue/begin reading for pleasure. Library is a safe space in which all students can be themselves and feel represented in the stories they find on the shelves.
The library is open throughout the day from 8.30am – 3.40pm Monday to Friday. The library is open during break, lunchtime and after school for reading, homework, exchanging items and to use the computer for completing homework
The library is managed by Mrs Fletcher. She is supported at break and lunchtime by an enthusiastic team of Student Library Assistants.
The library provides a gateway to a wealth of resources. It aims to promote reading for pleasure by offering extensive fiction and non-fiction collections.
The fiction collection includes the latest and award-winning books aimed at students of all levels and ages. Students are encouraged to recommend titles to add to the collection, which they frequently do. Competitions are held regularly in association with events such as World Book Day.
The non-fiction collection provides an up-to-date range of resources to support the curriculum and associated project work.
We have a selection of magazines to appeal to all year groups.
Current reference resources are also available, together with a Careers Library.
DVDs and audio books are available, as well as computers and laptops.
Accessing the Reading Cloud:
Students can access the library catalogue, Reading Cloud, from inside and outside school if they ask to be set up with a login and password. To access Reading Cloud at Hampton College, click on the icon from the Hampton College Student Homepage.
Or it can accessed from home or school via this LINK. This will then load the home screen.
Click on Login at the top right and then enter the 5 digit number received as User Name [xxxxx] and date of birth [as 8 consecutive digits] as Password. Under the School option type in the name of the school and select it from the list. Then click OK to login.
The catalogue is also accessible using the Reading Cloud App which is available from Google Play or the App Store, just locate “iMLS Student”, then the login and passwords are the same as their main desktop login details.
***If you don’t know what your 5 digit number is please ask or send an email to Mrs Fletcher.
All students are automatically registered as a member of the Library from the time they enrol. All Year 7 students receive a Library Induction during an English lesson, within the first few weeks of Autumn Term. This comprises of a short talk about the library, how it functions and library rules, followed by a treasure hunt to find various resources around the room to encourage familiarity of layout.
The Library is open to all students after school until 3.40pm Monday to Friday. Students are able to use the resources, including computers to complete homework, read and exchange items. Mrs Fletcher is available to assist students in their research and to give recommendations on books to read.
What kind of resources will I find in the Library?
- Fiction Books
- Graphic Novels and Manga
- Poetry and plays
- Non-Fiction Books
- Magazines and Periodicals
- DVDs and Audio Books
- Computers / Laptops
How many items can I borrow?
You may borrow up to four items altogether, however no more than one DVD and one magazine at a time.
How long can I keep my borrowed items?
Books are issued for three weeks and the date for return is stamped inside. DVD's/ / Audio books are issued for one week and magazines / periodicals are issued for two days.
You will notice that some of the books in the Library are marked FOR REFERENCE ONLY - these items can only be used in the Library and cannot be taken out.
What happens if I forgot to bring my borrowed items back?
Reminders are sent out regularly to you and your parents/carers throughout the year. If you still forget to return overdue items, you will be unable to borrow anymore items until all your overdue items are returned.
What happens if I lose or damage an item I have borrowed?
Please speak with Mrs Fletcher to explain what’s happened. It is possible that you will be asked to pay for the damaged or lost book so we can purchase a replacement copy.
Can I request items not on the shelves?
Yes, just come to the library desk to speak with Mrs Fletcher.
How are fiction books arranged on the shelves?
All fiction books (stories) are sorted in alphabetical order according to the author’s surname. We also sort the fiction books into four levels according to the content of each book, these are colour coded, as follows:
- Speed reads (green labels) – may be borrowed by anyone. Most of these books are dyslexia friendly and have been printed on yellow paper using the special font.
- Fiction (yellow labels) – may be borrowed by anyone.
- Advanced Fiction (blue labels) – we recommend you start reading these books when you are in Year 9 or 10, but strong readers may borrow them even if they are not in Year 9 yet.
- Adult Fiction (red labels) – may be borrowed by Year 11 students and above.
Some books will have a genre label on the spine, e.g. all Goosebumps books will have a ‘Horror’ spine label. This will give you some idea about content.
How are non-fiction books arranged?
All non-fiction (facts) books are sorted according to their topic in numerical order, this type of system is called Dewey Decimal System. Each shelf is clearly labelled, showing which topics are on the shelf.
What if I can't find the book or other item I want?
Please ask Mrs Fletcher or one of the Library Assistants for help.
Can I use the Library during Break and Lunchtime?
The Library is open during break and lunchtime for reading and exchanging items. The computers in the library can be used for homework only. A schedule on the entrance door will let you know which year groups can use the library for each break and lunch break. We do this to avoid overcrowding in the library.
Is the Library open after School for Students?
Yes, the library is open Monday to Friday until 3.40pm. Please make sure your parent or carer is aware that you will be home a bit later.
Librarian: Mrs F Fletcher
Hampton College Library
Telephone: 01733 246820