Welcome to the Library.

“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, ​we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.” ~ Barack Obama


Mrs Hawksworth – Librarian
Miss Bromyard – Senior Library Assistant
Miss Sisk – Senior Library Assistant
Miss Bourke – Library Assistant

Opening hours (term time only)

  • 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Thursday
  • 8.00am – 3.30pm Friday

(There may be occasions when the Library is closed due to staff training, meetings or events. These closures will be advertised and where possible 24 hours’ notice will be given)


All resources in the library (except DVDs) can be borrowed for four weeks, with the option to renew resources if required for longer.

  • Fiction books are arranged alphabetically by genre.
  • Non-fiction (or information) books are arranged in numerical order according to their subject.
  • DVDs are available as an overnight loan, however, if borrowed on a Friday they can be taken for the weekend.
  • Chromebooks are available to borrow in the library for the completion of work, before and after school and at break times.

Students can use the library system Oliver 5 to search for books and reliable websites; as well as write book reviews and reserve books that are currently unavailable. Students can access the library system by logging in with their school Google Account.

All resources borrowed from the Library must be issued at the main issue desk by a member of staff. There is a security barrier and CCTV in operation.

Weekly reminders for overdue resources are sent out automatically by email to the students. Parents/Carers will be asked to pay for any lost or damaged resources.

Students have access to a number of eResources

The Day

The Day

A daily online newspaper for schools focusing on the big issues that are transforming the world. Helps explain current affairs in short illustrated articles, linking the real world to the curriculum. For more information and login details visit the Virtual Library.


eChalk provides curriculum-aligned activities, games, simulations and puzzles, created with a focus on learning through fun.


eBooks and Audiobooks

  • Students can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Public library for free. For more information on their BorrowBox service please see our Virtual Library.
KGA Virtual Library

Virtual Library

The Virtual Library is used to support the school community with 24 hour access to a library provision. Including links to latest news, ebooks and audiobooks, author events, book recommendations, reading challenges, support with research and much more.


The library promotes reading for pleasure and supports students by providing a range of resources to facilitate learning. We host numerous events throughout the year including an author visit, the celebration of World Book Day as well as themed reading weeks. The library promotes research and study skills and works closely with students requiring reading support and intervention.


The library runs the following clubs:
Book Club – Monday 3.10pm – 4.00pm
Sixth Form Study Skills – Tuesday lunchtime 12.30pm – 1.00pm
Anime and Manga – Wednesday 3.10pm – 4.10pm
Creative Writing – Thursday 3.10pm – 4.10pm

Library Lessons

All year groups enjoy library lessons as part of English. Our reading for pleasure lessons explore different authors and genres using a variety of mediums and students are able to borrow books from the library and receive advice & guidance from the library staff.

Library Social Media

The library actively uses social media to communicate with the school community on:

  • Engaging ‘Reading for Pleasure’.
  • News items and events.
  • Promotion of books, films and other media.
  • Information on learning skills and advice on how to research.

Please visit, follow and like @BayHouseLRC to keep up-to-date with all the latest news