The Senior School Library is accessible to students all day, and is managed by a qualified Librarian. During lesson times the Senior School Library is available for quiet study.
During break and lunch times the Library is open for homework clubs, book borrowing, and magazine club is run one lunchtime a week. Books are issued for three weeks and children in Junior Division can borrow up to four books at a time.
It is crucial that children gain a love of reading and the Librarian aims to provide books which are going to appeal to children in all year groups. Reading lists are provided for each division and recommendations for the Library are also always appreciated.
New students and all those in Year 7 children are given a ‘Library Loyalty Card’ – books are read, cards are stamped, and prizes are awarded. The Loyalty Cards are also applicable for children helping out in the Library. These students attend a Library induction session and the importance of Information Literacy is discussed.
The Library aims to stock the appropriate resources for each subject department. Class visits to the Library are encouraged to make use of the healthy stock of resources.
Beechwood takes part in the West Kent Schools Themed Book Award. The award, which is organised by School Librarians, was set up to promote reading in school to young people, with the aim of introducing new readers to new books. The scheme is open to all Senior School students from Year 7 to Year 13.
A Year 7 and 8 ‘Early Birds’ Reading Group takes place once a week in conjunction with the Learning Development Department.
National Poetry Day and World Book Day are celebrated each year with various activities and events organised in the Library and throughout the school.
The Librarian organises author visits every year, in conjunction with the English Department.