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Library

The Langley Academy Library is is open 8.00 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday. Located at the heart of the school on the ground floor of the North Wing, its proximity to the main Atrium means that while the Library is never completely silent, the aim has been to create a cheerful and welcoming space where students can browse, read, work quietly and play board games such as chess and draughts.


The Library stocks a variety of fiction, which is constantly updated reflecting current reviews, trends, book awards, and according to student requests via the Library’s suggestion box. Curriculum supporting resources, study and revision aids are updated annually according to staff recommendations. Student Librarians help ensure the smooth running of the Library during the very hectic break and lunch periods.

Literary events such as World Book Day, National Poetry Day and the Carnegie Book Award are regularly promoted. Different genres are highlighted, particularly when they tie in with the curriculum and Museum Learning, while the Book of the Week champions a variety of publications and authors which the Librarian feels especially deserve to be read! The main thrust of the Library continues to be the promotion of reading for pleasure – not always straightforward in this digital age, but one which has a proven track record in dramatically improving students’ vocabulary, knowledge, understanding, empathy, and lateral thinking.

Our library management system, Accessit, enables students to view the school Library catalogue.  They can search for titles, make reservations, write reviews, create their own book lists, research topics online using the One Search option and much more! Click on the link to be directed to the Langley Accessit webpage. Langley students can sign in by clicking on ‘Guest’ and then on the blue ‘Login via SSO’ button. They must be signed in to their Langley Microsoft account first and remember to sign out afterwards.

AccessitWheelers ePlatform supplies the school with a large selection of e-Books and audio books which can be a fantastic alternative to hard copies. It is worth mentioning that listening to a book comes with all the same benefits as reading a book (see above), and can be a wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy a good story at the end of the day, at bedtime or while on a car journey. The Wheelers catalogue can be viewed here:

Wheelers ePlatformIt can also be accessed via the link on the Accessit landing page. Students need to click ‘sign in’ in the top RH corner and then on the blue Sign In box. As with Accessit they will need to be signed in to their school Microsoft account. 

Any queries can be directed to the Librarian, Hattie Kimberley, at hattie.kimberley@langleyacademy.org

Literacy

Literacy at The Langley Academy is supported by our use of the Accelerated Reader (AR) system. Students in Years 7 to 9 have fortnightly timetabled literacy sessions in the Library when they can use the school’s Learn Pads to complete AR quizzes and select new titles to read. The books are shelved by their AR level so it is simple for students to choose their next book from the relevant section.

Accelerated Reader (AR)Students being supported by the Lexia system can access it here:

Lexia