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The Library

The School Library

About the Library

Newbattle High School Library aims to provide a relaxed but purposeful environment for effective research and reading for information and also for the promotion of reading for enjoyment. We aim to provide support for all users of the Library by ensuring we have a wide range of printed and electronic resources.


We have a range of printed and electronic resources within our Fiction, Information, Reference, Careers and Staff sections.

We have almost 7000 items of stock which include: Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Audio Books, CDROMs, DVDs, Information Files and Essential Articles (photocopiable newspaper articles). We also have access to online reference resources (see links at end of page)

We have networked PCs which are available for pupil research - these can be booked outside of class time.

We use the Dewey system to arrange our information books. All fiction books are shelved in alphabetical order of the author's last name. All S1/2/3 books have a 'genre' label on their spine, and all Senior/ Adult fiction has a yellow sticker on the spine.

Opening Hours and Access

The library is open at the following times:

Before school Monday-Friday 8.00-8.30am  
Morning interval Monday-Friday    
Lunch Monday 1.35-1.50pm Creative Writing Club
  Tuesday 1.20-1.40pm General study/reading
  Wednesday 1.20-1.40pm Book club
  Thursday 12.50-1.40pm General study/reading
After school Monday-Thursday 3.30-3.55pm  
  Friday 12.35-12.55pm  

A pass is required for access at interval and lunch can be collected on a Monday morning or interval.  This is behaviour dependent. Remember that the library is for The School Librarystudying or reading and not for hanging around chatting.

Borrowing Procedures

All pupils can borrow two books at a time. Each book is issued for three weeks and should be handed in by that date. If you wish to keep the book for longer, please bring it to the Library to be re-stamped.

If your book is not returned on time an overdue reminder will be sent via your English teacher or your Homeroom teacher. A very overdue book will result in a letter home, and Pupil Support staff will be informed.

If you lose or damage a book you must pay for its replacement. If you would like to borrow something that someone else already has on loan, you can reserve it.

Library Clubs

Graphic Novel Club

This club looks at comics and graphic novels, how they are made and work on our own.  We have covered areas such as comic vocabulary, Manga and American Comics.  This is held on Mondays at lunchtime.

Author Keith Gray visits NewbattleA group of our students meet author PC CastBook Club

This club allows pupils with an interest in reading to come together and discuss books and share their love of reading.  Every year we take part in the judging of books shortlisted for Scottish Book Trust Royal Mail book awards.  We have had visits from authors such as Keith Gray (pictured, left) and have also gone on trips to see authors such as PC Cast (pictured with pupils, right) and Cathy MacPhail and the Book Awards ceremony.  This is held on Wednesday lunchtime.

If pupils are interested in joining either of these clubs then please speak to Mr McRobbie beforehand.

Cover2cover book club

This is run by the library and there are discounted books to choose from every month. Leaflets are available from the Library or English teachers.

Meet the Staff

Mr D Gordon
Mr D Gordon,

S2 pupils study in The School LibraryLatest News

The Library Book Club are currently taking part in the Scottish Children's Book Awards.  This group meets on a Wednesday lunchtime.  For more information on the books we are reading then check out the link in our links section at the bottom of the page.  If you would like to get involved then please speak to the librarian.

Interested in writing your own stories or developing your skills as a writer?  Starting soon in the library on a Monday lunchtime is the Creative Writing Club.

Halloween is coming.  Check out the Halloween book display in the library for all your spooky reading needs.


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Photographs: all newbattlehigh's public flickr photographs tagged with Library

External Links

Links about Reading

Scottish Book Trust - a fantastic website with loads of booklists, info on the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, author videos and more.

Guardian Children’s Book Website - all your up to date book news and reviews.

Links for Research

Essential Articles, Fact File and Key Organisation - Online access to Essential articles (collections of newspaper articles covering a vast array of issues), fact files (full of statistics on a wide variety of issues) and key organisations (lists of contact details of important organisations).  All very useful for discursive essays. Search or browse the database by using the icons at the top of the page. The username and password are newbattle available from Mr McRobbie (or on the intranet).

Issues - online access to the issues series of books.  Ideal for work on discursive essays covering a wide array of issues such as euthanasia, privacy, drug issues, gambling etc.The username and password are available from Mr McRobbie (or on the intranet). The username is mcameron and the password is 21152.

Research and Revision Skills - Education Scotland Webpage 1 - Education Scotland Webpage 2 - Fantastic links to help develop your revision and research skills.

Dictionary - Gives you access to dictionaries. Features include word of the day, quote of the week, competitions and games.