At the entrance to Lambe’s Library we have a quotation from Albert Einstein: “The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library”. This is a sentiment shared wholeheartedly by me, Christine Carter the full-time Librarian and my part-time assistant Della Black.
The beautiful Lambes’s Library, which was originally the School’s dining hall, now houses over 11,000 books with first editions co-existing alongside kindles, DVDs, audio books, journals and the very latest best-sellers. The Library is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 6.15 pm, through break and lunch times and on Saturday until 12.15 pm. Professionally staffed, with an atmosphere that is tranquil and conducive to study, it is the ideal environment for my sessions on research skills for students beginning the Sixth Form and for us to assist students with their enquiries and projects.
Book displays change weekly and reflect curriculum topics and up-to-date interests. The current affairs news board is very popular and well read by pupils of all ages. With access to School Wi-Fi, a computer suite, photocopier, scanner and colour printer, Lambe’s Library is an excellent facility for the completion of coursework and homework.
The computerised library management system enables pupils to remotely access their library accounts in order to reserve or renew books and to browse the catalogue. A selection of newspapers are available daily; there is always a Word of the Week and a Book of the Month to encourage pupils to borrow new titles. Board games and jigsaws are available for those lunch times when it is just too cold to go out and Books and Biscuits runs once a week during the winter months, when pupils can relax at lunchtime and listen to extracts from books read by staff or Sixth Formers.
I believe in nurturing a love of books and reading at an early age. I actively promote author visits to inspire and encourage children and we have been fortunate to welcome award-winning children’s writers Gillian Cross and Paul Dowswell, amongst others, to speak to the junior pupils. We also run regular Library competitions and literary quizzes, so that pupils see the Library as not only a place to learn but also to have some fun.
“Libraries are anything but quiet: they resound with centuries of knowledge and human experience - and I can think of no more perfect music!"