Why is reading so important?
We are passionate about reading here at University of Birmingham School. We have a well-resourced library open at break and lunch times, where you can borrow books, sit and read and complete your homework.
In everything you do, you need to be able to read. The more you can read, the more of the world you can access. It is through reading that we learn about the world we live in: about other cultures and places, people and what they have done, events both past and present. Books open up different worlds to us; places we simply cannot visit.
“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” Mason Cooley.
Current Library Services
Since April 2020 we have been running our library in a slightly different way, offering ‘click and collect’, book deliveries to form rooms, ‘personal shopper’ book suggestions and a mobile book trolley. During the current lockdown (January 2021) we are asking that you make the most of our fantastic e-book platform, Sora, to access e-books and audiobooks from home.
“When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.”
- National Poetry Day – poet and author Louisa Reid spoke to us about her verse novels and delivered a poetry workshop for Year 9 pupils.
- Black History Month – Alex Wheatle spoke to us about his new novel, Cane Warriors in an assembly for Years 8 and 9.
- Scholastic Book Fair (postponed)
- World Book Day
What can you find in the Library?
A place to find your next great read!
The majority of our ‘story’ books are organized A-Z by author surname and are a mixture of genres (funny, scary, adventure and so on). We also have a great selection of manga and graphic novels, classics and quick, accessible reads as well as adult fiction. There should be something for everyone!
Non Fiction Books
Our non-fiction books will introduce you to, and help you read around, academic subjects from Art through to R.S. They’re a mixture of fun, accessible reads and more scholarly texts to support study. We have a large reference section as well as plenty of books on popular topics like gaming, sport and cookery.
A place to study and relax
We offer a calm, quiet space away from the hubbub of the main school to come talk about books, settle down to some revision, use our I-pads for homework or research or simply sit on a comfy sofa and read your book! We also stock the main subject text books and revision guides for GCSE and A level.
A place to stay informed
We have a daily copy of the Times and The Guardian delivered to help keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the world as well as a range of academic journals such as Science Focus. Or you can just relax with Top Gear, Match or Shout magazine.