The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr Seuss

Arden Library is a warm, welcoming and well-used resource accessible to all students and staff. It is used for individual study, research and leisure reading. The Library aims to develop a community of passionate readers and instil a life-long love of reading.

It caters for a student's needs throughout the Key Stages and offers a range of books and resources to support teaching and learning. It also actively encourages students to become motivated readers by offering a broad range of material. Students are encouraged to be actively involved in their Library via 'Book reviews/recommendations' and 'Comments/Suggestions' - all suggestions are considered. Arden Library is a proud and active member of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups which you can read more about here 

Arden Library are the current Regional Champions of the Kidlit Quiz. You can read an article about our experience at Nationals here



1. Who manages the library?

The library is managed by the librarian, Miss O’Brien.

2. When is the library open?

The library is open from 08:30-16:15 including break and lunch times.

3. What sort of material does the library stock?

The library has a wonderful range of resources. Readers of all levels are catered for, from reluctant to passionate. Stock is updated regularly and features a wide range of popular authors, debut novelists and prize winning texts, both contemporary and classic. Advice is on hand to direct, encourage and motivate - the aim being to foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

4. Do I need a library card?

No, books are issued without using a library card. Students automatically become members of the Library when they start at Arden

5. How many books may I take out at one time?

Students are allowed to borrow up to two resources at a time.

6. How long is the loan period?

The loan period is two weeks.

7. What happens if I forget to take a book back on time?

Students will not be charged fines but they will not be able to borrow other titles until the overdue item is returned.

8. I've lost a library book, what should I do?

Don't panic! Speak to Miss O’Brien as soon as possible. Most books are not lost, they are merely mislaid! The responsibility for the book belongs to the person to whom it was issued. This is also relevant to books that are badly damaged. If a book is truly lost or damaged, then students are charged for a replacement copy.

9. What are the Library rules?

  • The Library is a designated 'Quiet Zone' - students are expected to work or read quietly.
  • Students should respect other users.
  • Students should behave in line with Arden's Student Behaviour Policy.
  • No food or drink
  • Please do not sit on the floor.


Subject reading lists

If you would like to read books related to school subjects, each Department has nominated several titles that may be of interest.

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Websites for teenage readers

If you'd like to visit websites that give you book reviews, author interviews and recommendations - here's a list of sites you may find of interest.

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Kidlit Quiz Nationals


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