Opening hours:- 8:00 am-3:45 pm

Ermysted’s library is a welcoming and popular area, situated in the School House building.

Consisting of a main library for Years 7-11 and a sixth form library for Years 12-13, it has a wide range of resources to support the curriculum and to encourage reading for pleasure.

In addition to timetabled library lessons and private study periods, pupils are encouraged to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities such as the National Reading Champions Quiz, World Book Day and the Carnegie Shadowing Project.

A knowledgeable team of library prefects and library helpers work with the librarians to ensure that all users of the library can get the most out of their visits.

Ermysted’s Library Catalogue

The school’s library catalogue can be accessed from home using the following links:

Borrowing Books

Every pupil can borrow books from the library simply by using their school ID card.

  • KS3 – 3 books for 2 weeks
  • KS4 – 4 books for 2 weeks
  • KS5 – 5 books for 2 weeks

Books can be renewed if they have not been reserved by another pupil. If a book is lost or damaged, do not panic, please come and talk to the librarians. We would normally ask pupils to replace the book or pay for a replacement.

Why Read?

Ermysted’s has a strong reading culture. Reading for pleasure has been shown to improve:-

  • Achievement across the curriculum.
  • Vocabulary, language skills and concentration.
  • Empathy.
  • Knowledge of the world.
  • Imagination and creativity.

When you find the right book for you, reading can also be a great stress-buster and fun.

Get Involved!

Library Helpers

If you are in Year 8 or 9 and interested in becoming a library helper please collect an application form from the Library.

If you would like more information, the librarians would be happy to discuss the role with you.

Library Events

Events are widely advertised throughout the year.

Look out for the National Reading Champions Quiz, Christmas countdown quiz, World Book Day Activities, the Book Trust Challenge, Author visits, the EGS Award Longlist and the Carnegie Reading Challenge.

You can also play chess in the library before school.

What shall I read next?

The librarians will be happy to discuss and recommend books that may appeal to you. Pupils can also search the reading lists, library catalogue and websites such as those listed below:-

Reading Lists

The latest reading lists can be accessed here:-

The following websites are useful if you are looking for inspiration for your next read:-

Search by favourite author for a comprehensive list of all their books grouped by series, or search by genre. See the recommendations for other authors you might enjoy.

Newspapers, Magazines, Periodicals

These are available via the main library and careers library.

Contact Details

The Librarians, Mrs McCabe and Mrs Ibbotson, can be contacted via the library e-mail