About us

Welcome to New Mills School Library. Our library itself is situated inside a beautiful domed building. The educative scenes depicted on the outstanding stained-glass windows are the very foundation of our library policy. We encourage students to read for pleasure and information, and have worked hard to update our stocks of fiction and non-fiction to facilitate this.

Our multi-media facilities are excellent. We provide thirteen networked computers, which are available throughout the school day. Our software packages are updated frequently and cover all subjects, extensively.

Opening Times

The LRC is used throughout the day in tutor periods and for lessons. Teaching staff use a booking system to reserve facilities and resources if they wish to teach in the library. It is also used as a venue for meetings and events.

6th form students are welcome to use the LRC for quiet study at any time.

Additionally, students are welcome to visit the library in their spare time and our new 2015/2016 opening times are as follows:

Day Morning Break Lunch After School
Monday 08:05 - 08:20 10:10 - 10:25 12:25 - 13:05 15:10 - 15:55
Tuesday 08:05 - 08:40 10:10 - 10:25 12:25 - 13:05 15:10 - 15:55
Wednesday 08:05 - 08.20 10:10 - 10:25 12:25 - 13:05 15:10 - 15:55
Thursday 08:05 - 08:40 10:10 - 10:25 12:25 - 13:05 15:10 - 15:55
Friday 08:05 - 08:40 10:10 - 10:25 12:25 - 13:05 15:10 - 15:25

Eclipse Library Database

Students can access the vast range of New Mills School library books by logging in with their student accounts:

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The school library database is available to anyone with access to the school network. Students are able to view the entire Library Resource Centre from home, enabling them to reserve books, suggest resources they may require and to take the hassle out of trawling through the shelves! They can see and read the front and back covers of almost every item in the library, online.

This resource also comes with thousands of useful, educational websites that are effortlessly searchable and tied in with each subject area. Students do not need to remember any extra passwords as the website works in conjunction with existing school usernames/passwords.

Competitions and Events

We frequently hold competitions and provide students with opportunities to take home excellent prizes such as book vouchers and book box selections. These prove popular with our younger clientele.

It’s been a busy time in our Learning Resource Centre.

We are delighted to announce that Faith Stone – 8JWo has progressed through to the first round of the Radio 1500 words competition.  Her entry is one of 5000 selected out of 131,798 stories submitted!  It’s been sent to the Reading Agency for the second round of judging and we’ll find out in early May if it is shortlisted for the Final 50. Amazing achievement Faith! Well done also to all the other 52 students who entered. The competition was fierce and the judge’s feedback was that the standard has been extremely high this year.
Our new 2017 Carnegie Book shadowing group – “We’re Only Here for the Biscuits!” went live on 23rd March. 29 students from Years 7-9 are avidly reading the shortlisted titles (along with Mrs Tracey-Hill) and we have our own school webpage with reviews and fun stuff. Why not check it out
We were excited to host an Author Visit and book signing event in our beautiful library on the last day of term before the Easter break. Mimi Thebo was born and raised in the USA but is now living and working in the UK. She is currently promoting her latest children's book Dreaming the Bear (Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and UKLA Prize), which covers topics of moving away, family, and our relationships to the natural world. Over 200 students listed to Mimi’s talk and 26 had the opportunity to work in a smaller group with her, focussing on developing their creative writing skills.

We remain committed to the LRC’s continuous development, ensuring it continues to be a popular and delightfully busy focal point within our school.