Fairfax Library is at the heart of our Academy. Run by our librarian, Mrs Jones, and ably assisted by a student librarian body, our fully stocked and well-equipped resource for literature and learning is open to all students.
With different ‘zones’ for reading, studying, and research, students will find all they need for their academic work and reading for pleasure. Visiting authors, book activities and events happen throughout the year.
- Library opening times are as follows:
08:25 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday
08:25 – 15:00 Friday
The library is open to all students wishing to borrow items, read or study during break and after school. At lunchtimes, access is by pass only. Students who wish to use the library for study or reading must ask for a lunchtime pass during break.
During lesson times, the library is open for Sixth Form private study, unless it has been booked for a class visit. Please check signs on the library door.
We have a range of book clubs to suit all ages running at lunchtimes and after school.
Fully Booked - for Years 7 and 8
#fairfaxlibrary proudly announces a new book club for years 7 and 8: Fully Booked!
First meeting Monday 21st January at 13:15. See Mrs Jones to book your place before it is ‘Fully Booked!’
The Other Book Club for Years 9 and above
New for 2019, The ‘Other Book Club’ for Years 9 and above. Starting at 13:15 Wednesday 16th January, join Mrs Jones and the student librarians for discussions on all things ‘bookish’! #fairfaxlibrary
Harry Potter Club
Love Potter? Love to play games, make crafts, eat foods, all linked to the world of Harry Potter? Join #fairfaxlibrary after school, 15:00 to 16:00 on 14th January, 28th January and 11th February to experience the magical world of JK Rowling!
The Hogwarts Challenge
Do you have what it takes to pass your Wizarding Level examinations? Do you know your ‘Expelliarmus’ from your
Join #fairfaxlibrary at lunchtime on Thursday 7th February 2019 for The Hogwarts Challenge to celebrate Harry Potter Night 2019.
The fiction collection is arranged alphabetically by the authors’ last name and we have a large range of books suitable for all ages and interests.
Recommended Reads spinners
The spinners are continuously updated for specific year groups to help making a choice easier.
If you are looking for a particular type or ‘genre’ of book, look out for displays near the windows which contain small collections in genres such as, horror, comedy, sci-fi, adventure, fantasy and classics.
Short Stories/Quick Read
These are a perfect alternative to a long read and also as an introduction to a genre you may not have met before!
This popular section includes titles such as The Guinness World Records and quiz books. The ‘Big Book’ section includes oversize picture books for older readers, puzzles and film related books.
The library has a small graphic novel collection, which includes the ever-popular ‘Manga’ novels.
GCSE/A Level texts
Books which are of a particular interest to GCSE and A Level students are held in a separate collection.
Non -fiction resources
Main non-fiction collection
The information book collection is arranged using the Dewey Decimal System. This is a system whereby books are arranged by subject and by number within each subject. Posters are there to guide you, but do ask Mrs Jones, or any of the student librarians, if you require assistance in finding information for homework and home learning projects.
The library subscribes to a number of magazines for leisure reading, including:
- How it Works
- Top Gear
- National Geographic Kids
- The Week Jnr
- The Simpsons Comic
A Level Subject Magazines
Current subscriptions include:
- A Level Law Review
- P.E. Review
- Psychology Review
- Business Review
- Sociology Review
We subscribe to a number of academic online resources, which we encourage our students to access. Please see Mrs Jones to receive details of how to access the sites.
JSTOR provides access for students and staff to access over 2,300 archival journals and four primary source collections covering the Arts, Sciences and Business
The Drama Online library is useful for both GCSE and A Level students of Drama.
The English and Media Centre is an independent educational charity with a national and international reputation as a Centre of Excellence. It is a development centre, serving the needs of secondary and FE teachers and students of English and Media Studies in the UK and beyond.
‘The Stamp’ is the library newsletter and we are always looking for contributions for the next edition.