The library is open Monday – Thursday 8.15am – 4.15pm and Friday – 8.15am – 3.45pm
Our Librarian, Miss White and the student librarians are always on hand to help out with finding titles, collating resources and supporting IT needs. We have over 5000 books for different reading levels and interests.
Do have a look at our recommended reading lists.
We always try to keep up with curriculum and trends in both fiction and non-fiction and often take recommendations from our students: if we don’t have something in stock, just ask and we will see what we can do. Students can borrow up to two books at a time for two-week loan.
The library has 20 desktop computers, 10 laptops, a 100” projector and screen. As we have regular library lessons across all year groups and curriculum areas, the students now have the facilities to enhance their group work and individual study time.
Student Librarian Team
Miss White, our Librarian, is supported by a wonderful team of student librarians who work really hard at break and lunch to keep the library functioning smoothly. We take on new librarians every September (Year 8, 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form) and induct Year 7 librarians in the December, after they have settled into life at The Misbourne. If you would like to apply, please see Miss White for an application form.
All librarians will be invited to attend team meetings and training updates in September, December, April and July. During this time you will learn transferrable skills which can be used on a CV, university and apprenticeship applications, or as the volunteering portion of your Duke of Edinburgh's Award evidence. Tasks such as tidying books, making displays, running clubs and events, arranging projects and updating our social media make this an interesting and worthwhile role.
During break, lunchtimes and after school, students have access to a variety of activities:
Paper Crafts: a crafty way to relax during the busy day. You can draw, colour and fold origami.
Creative Writing: feel free to bring anything you are currently working on.
Lego and Kinex: there are sets to build in the games cupboard.
Board Games: We have lots of word games, team tasks and chess boards for your entertainment.
Homework Club: Monday - Thursday (3.10-4.10pm) and Friday (3.10-3.45pm).
Reading takes place during form time three times a week and once a week during literacy lessons for KS3. Just 20 minutes of reading a day enhances your life-chances dramatically. Those students who read more have greater employability rates, increased access to vital services and, research has found, are happier in life. Students are always encouraged to have a reading book at all times.
All books that are Accelerated Reader (AR) compatible are labelled with a book level on the spine and have an internal label detailing the quiz number and interest level. Students are encouraged to take a quiz within 24-48 hours of finishing their book and can do this in the library before school, at break, lunch or during homework club.
Any book included in the AR reading scheme can be found on https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/
Please see the Literacy web page for more information on the benefits of Accelerated Reader for Year 7, 8 and 9.
Study Skills Sessions
Study skills are a huge part of our student life at the Misbourne; but they are also vital for the world beyond school. ?Study techniques are covered in individual subject areas, but are specifically addressed throughout the Personal Development curriculum.
If you need advice on how study or research in the library speak to Miss White.
Connections with Local Libraries
We are an advocate of the Bucks Library Service and we implore you to sign up at your local library. Our nearest local library is just a short walk away in Great Missenden, where you can download e-books and magazines, have access to research resources or just pop in to peruse the physical books. Follow the link to find out more plus it is all free! If you sign up and find that we don’t have what you want in our school library, the local library can order it in for you.
Once you have signed up, you can use the information on your library card to log-in to the Libby app. You can then borrow audiobooks and e-books and access them on your smartphone.
We always want to improve the library service, so any donations of old books or book vouchers will be greatly received.