Birchwood Library and Resource Centre

Mrs Gibson is our Library Resource Manager and is responsible for the overall management of the Library.

A small team of Student Librarians assist in keeping the Library organised and tidy.

Library from Mezzanine Floor

The Library offers an interactive platform, via the Reading Cloud online cataloguing system, for students to read, write and publish book reviews. Please click on the Reading Cloud button to the right – this will take you straight to the school library homepage. All students and staff have unique log-on details – these are required in order to submit a review, renew or reserve an item.

For more information please contact Mrs Gibson


The library is used by students and staff for:

  • Individual study
  • Research/Information literacy
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Events
  • Paired Reading

Opening Times

  • Monday:         8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Tuesday:         8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Wednesday:   8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Thursday:       8:15-8:45am and 3:05-4:15pm
  • Friday:             8:15-8:45am and 3:05-3:45pm

The library is open to all students during the times above.
It is also open for reading or silent study to all year groups during morning break (Monday-Friday) and during lunchtime (Monday-Thursday).
Sixth Form students can access the library at anytime for private study during the school day.


  • A range of non-fiction and fiction books
  • 8 networked computers with Internet
  • Library catalogue and loan system
  • Printer, scanner and photocopier
  • Audio books and DVD’s
  • Careers Information

Latest News

Just the ticket!

Students celebrated 25 years of World Book Day by finding Golden Tickets which had been hidden around the school site. The activity, which was based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was organised by English teachers Miss Long and Ms Cuddington and Librarian Mrs Gibson.
Mrs Gibson, who is a keen advocate of reading for pleasure in order to raise literacy standards among children and young adults said “The school ran a number of activities throughout the day but it was the Golden Ticket challenge which really got the students buzzing. They were extremely excited and eager to get involved. Students from all year groups took part and visited the library to exchange their ticket for a free book and chocolate. World Book Day 2022 will certainly be remembered for a long time to come by students and staff alike”.

Congratulations to Hans Tsui

Congratulations to Hans Tsui from Year 9 who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. Hans read and reviewed five books from the reading list – his overall favourite was ‘Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus‘ which he rated 4.5 out of 5.

This half term’s competition ‘Read around the World’ has been extended until Easter so there is plenty of time to get involved. You too could be the lucky winner of a £10 Waterstones gift card. For more information on how you can enter please contact Mrs Gibson

Read, Review, Reward competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Crick Year 7, who was the lucky winner of last half term’s ‘Read, Review, Reward’ competition. Jonathan read and reviewed Dear Martin by Nic Stone and gave the book an overall rating of 8/10.

Jonathan is pictured collecting his prize, a £10 Waterstones voucher.

Mrs Gibson, Library Resource Manager