Welcome to St Benedict’s School Library.  Our library is a vibrant, welcoming, warm space, which encourages and promotes a life-long love of reading.

Our library is open every school day from 8:30am until 2:50pm and at both morning tea and lunchtimes.  Students, parents, staff, and friends of the school are welcome at any time.  Each class looks forward to visiting the library with their classroom teacher to read, research, spend time with friends, draw, play board games and relax.

On top of classroom visits, each class spends time with librarian, receiving reading suggestions, assistance with research and help finding resources that interest them.  Teachers can also return and issue their own resources to replenish their classroom library.  Older students regularly occupy the library to enjoy a book, or to complete independent studies or research during the school day.

Our library boasts over 6,700 resources for use. Purchases are continually made throughout the year to ensure our collection remains current and relevant to student’s current interests and needs.  The library also coordinates with local public libraries as well as the National Library of New Zealand to borrow further resources relevant to topics that are being studied in class during each term.   Each new school resource (for example, journals, classroom resources) passes through the library on its way to classrooms, in order to be recorded in an Accession Register so the school has a thorough record of what resources it has available to students.

In Years 7 and 8 students can become Student Librarians and are rostered on during morning tea and lunchtimes to assist the librarian in issuing and returning books, and reshelving.  Throughout the year, our Student Librarians also work towards their bronze, silver, gold and platinum library awards; these are highly sought after awards.

The library really is the hub of St Benedict’s School.  It is used for many other school activities including assemblies, both whole school and syndicate, choir, visitor presentations and House competitions.  This ensures that our library is a hive of activity on a daily basis. We look forward to seeing you in our school’s library soon.

Mrs Janine O’Styke

St Benedict’s School Librarian