About Our Library

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Inside our library

Welcome to Haggerston School Library!

The library is located at the heart of the school and offers a pleasant, bright and spacious environment for both pupils and staff. It is a vibrant space where people can come together to access information, share ideas, read and above all learn. Promoting literacy and reading for pleasure are key objectives for Haggerston School, and the library plays an important role by inspiring curiosity and a love of reading.

The Haggerston school library aims to:

  • Provide a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment for all library users.
  • Facilitate and promote reading for pleasure and encourage pupils to become independent and enthusiastic readers at all levels.
  • Support the delivery of targeted and meaningful reading interventions by monitoring Accelerated Reader engagement.
  • Complement and support the curriculum by providing access to a wide range of up to date resources.
  • Ensure pupils are fully equipped to find the information they need to support and enhance their research and personal development skills.
  • Support students and teachers with learning across the curriculum.

Opening Hours

We are open 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Please come and visit us on your year group day below:

Year 7  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Year 8  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Year 9  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Year 10  Wednesdays and Fridays

Year 11  Wednesdays and Fridays

Note: Opening hours of the library can change due to events and supervision requirements. Please follow the guidance notices.

Library Resources

The library has a well-stocked collection of classic, contemporary and award-winning fiction which is regularly refreshed. There are non-fiction books across a range of subjects and textbooks to support the curriculum. You will find popular autobiographies, comics, graphic novels and manga along with poetry and short stories for junior, teenage and adult readers.

There are reference and fact books such as dictionaries and encyclopaedia’s. We have an amazing collection of careers and UCAS resources. There are computers and chromebooks available for lessons and self-study as well as comfortable seating and cosy reading nooks .

Borrowing Information

  • Students can borrow up to 4 items for up to 3 weeks.
  • Items may be renewed online up to 2 times unless reserved by another user.
  • Staff can borrow up to 5 items.

Go to the library catalogue to browse or search for a book, see the latest arrivals or reserve a book or read book reviews. Borrowers are responsible for all items borrowed and if they lose or damage anything, it must be paid for or replaced. Students should never take books out on behalf of anyone else.


Accessit – the Library at your fingertips

The Library catalogue Accessit helps you search for books, e-books, websites, databases and more. It can be used anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Logging in to Accessit is very easy. From the RM unify page, click on Access-it Icon. To login use the SSO – Single Sign on Feature. You do not need a password or your Library borrowing ID to use Accessit.

Amazing Features of Accessit 

  • Renew & Reserve online
  • Write Book reviews
  • Create your own reading list/ wish list
  • One Search which allows you to search across catalogue and websites all in a single click
  • Specific dashboards offering you resources suiting your needs

It is up-to-date with the latest Library information and news, book recommendations, reviews, interactive games, reading lists and much more.

Awesome Dashboards

We have created a number of different dashboards on Accessit: KS3, KS4, 6th Form, Staff Resources, How to Guide, Competitions/Games/ Online Resources. Each of these dashboards offers helpful, at-a-glance access to a wide range of interactive resources and content supporting that particular subject or area of interest.

Easily Accessible – QuickLists

To help students find books with specific genres and themes, we have compiled a series of book lists in the Quick Lists section. Here, books are grouped under themes and you will find recommended reading lists specific to your year group. From best football books of all time to LGBTQ+ reads, to shelf help, there is something for everyone.

Lunchtime Clubs

Register now and join our fantastic lunchtime clubs. Just visit the library desk to enrol and you can collect your Library lunchtime club pass.

Students from all year groups are welcome!

The first sessions are starting from the week commencing Monday 4th October.

Tuesdays: Touch Typing

Wednesdays: Word Games

Thursdays: Tech Free Time

Fridays: Fiction Addiction

We can’t wait to see you there!

Student Librarians

We run a Student Librarian scheme with volunteers from Year 7 upwards who provide invaluable support each break and lunchtime. Student Librarians are a real asset to the library. They support in organizing library events and displays. Help in issuing books, returning books to the shelves and recalling overdue books.

Here are our current Student Librarians:

Get in touch, keep in touch

The Library is run by:

Ms Samy – Librarian and Makerspace Manager
Ms Dora – Library Assistant

For any queries, suggestions, information on library resources or online resources contact at library@haggerston.hackney.sch.uk

Library Activities and Events

The school library aims to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. Throughout the year, the library holds a number of themed activities and events to promote literature, reading and a passion and enthusiasm for learning. The pupils are encouraged to join in various reading-related events. These include:

  • An annual Reading Week filled with an array of fun book-related events, including a World Book Day celebration.
  • Regular author visits
  • Participation in Shadowing the Carnegie Medal with attendance at Carnegie Day – a day of reviews, presentations, discussions and celebrations with students from other schools.
  • Roald Dahl themed competitions, quizzes and activities to celebrate “Roald Dahl Day”.
  • Scholastic book fairs, special themed events and film screenings.
  • Monthly Spelling Competition

Who said the library is boring? Certainly not our library – come and explore the fun!