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The library is a warm and welcoming hub where students engage with each other in collaborative or independent learning and leisure activities.  Library staff members seek to provide students with high-level access to a wide range of resources and services which will help them to achieve their academic goals, develop their literacy and read for pleasure.  Chess is also a popular library activity.  The congenial atmosphere promotes positive relationships between students and staff which enhance student learning.

The teacher librarian is proactive in teaching students and staff how to get the most out of the library based on current research, including Carol Kulthau’s research on the Information Process, Professor Andrew Martin’s research on boys’ education and gifted and talented, and Andrew Fuller’s research on adolescent learning.  All students are taught at point of need and all Year 7 students are given 15 library lessons to help them to become excellent researchers and library users.

The library seeks to develop and support student literacy by fostering a culture of reading amongst students and staff.  Students can request books which the library will purchase thereby creating a strong collection of popular series and graphic fiction books.  The teacher librarian also aims to extend students’ reading to classic and contemporary literary fiction by rewarding students in reading competitions such as the Premier’s Reading challenge and the Tech Reading Challenge.  The student-led Reading Club which runs before school on Wednesdays and Fridays also supports this aim.  The Library Team is another initiative which provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with the range of library resources available to them as members of the team assist with library duties such as shelving.

The library also aims to develop links with the wider school community through providing ex students with access to the school archives. The Bob Booth Archive Room is situated on the mezzanine level where the school archives are maintained and available by appointment for inspection by alumni.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Book Club



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"Every individual has the right to realise himself: that is to fully develop the power and capacities, physical, mental, moral and spiritual; with which nature endowed him."

 − JA Williams, 1912 (first Principal of Sydney Technical High School)