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Bartholomew is full of avid readers and there is something for everyone in our fantastic Library!  The Library is open to staff and students during the school day, including break and lunchtimes.

It is used on a regular basis by the English Department for Library lessons. The Library has a fantastic collection of fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, magazines, DVDs available for hire and computers for use at break times. Students can borrow up to two books for a period of two weeks but these can be renewed up to three times. The Librarian is continually ordering new stock for the Library and welcomes suggestions from both staff and students.

The Library is used regularly at break times for reading groups, chess, quiet reading and homework. There is always something to get involved in as our Librarian, Mrs Miller, runs a number of events throughout the year including reading challenges, quizzes and competitions. Our reading groups follow numerous book awards including the Carnegie Medal and The Oxfordshire Book Awards, which involves lively discussions, lots of biscuits and live events! 

Years 7 - 9 Recommended Reading

These are books new to the Library within the last year. Books are divided into genre and a reading age recommendation is given for each book. A paper copy of the booklet is also available to browse in the Library.

Year 7 and 8 top ten reads Year 9 top ten reads
Year 7 & 8 Top Ten Reads        Year 9 Top Ten Reads

Recommended Reading Booklet

Read any of these fabulous books, submit a book review on Oliver and receive a well done card!

Oliver Online Library Catalogue

Please follow the link below to access Oliver, the online library catalogue. Use your Microsoft Outlook email and Google Classroom password to log in. If you have any difficulty logging in or have forgotten your password let Mrs Miller or your teacher know and they can help. 


Watch this short video to find out what you can do on Oliver and how it works. 

Oliver and how it works

Happy browsing! 


Students from each year group can apply to be a Library Ambassador. The application process takes place in the autumn. The role of a Library Ambassador involves helping in the Library at break and lunchtimes, promoting the Library across the school and suggesting new ideas and initiatives to be run in the Library. 

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The PTA have helped raise funds for the new library and we would like to thank everyone involved, including local businesses and organisations who have made generous donations. Our grand opening ceremony took place on Wednesday 12th October 2022 and you can read more about this in 'Library News' in our Term 1 Newsletter.

New library design


Having made it through the regional heats, our excellent team of students attended the National Reading Champions Quiz final in London. Out of 22 schools, we came in second place! It was a fantastic day of celebrating reading.

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