About Heartlands High School Library

The Library (also know as the LRC or Learning Resources Centre) is located in the main corridor of the 3rd floor, literally and metaphorically at the heart of the school.


Staffed by 2 qualified and experienced librarians alongside a large team of Student Librarians and other Heartlands staff, all students and staff have access to the library during lessons and in their own time for studying or reading.

The Library is open:

Mondays – Fridays 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.As per national best practice guidelines, the library can seat more than one class at a time and furniture can be moved to accommodate special events.


Students can borrow 2 books at a time for 3 weeks at a time. These can be renewed. Library users can be served by Student Librarians or Staff at the main desk, or via the self-service terminal.

The Library has over 7000 books, a total which is constantly growing and evolving. We are always open to appropriate donations – please see our policy below. The library offers a range of fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels, and also offers computer access, newspapers and journals alongside equipment, audiobooks and education board games such as chess.

Many pupils at Heartlands read ebooks via their personal devices. We are currently trialling different ebook platforms to be offered to students. However since this is currently a difficult area in terms of libraries and copyright so we anticipate ebooks will be available through the school in the coming years when these issues are resolved.

Student Librarians

The library relies on a dedicated team of Student Librarians. Students from year 7 can ask for ad hoc jobs such as shelving, whereas Year 8 upwards can apply to become official Student Librarians.

Students follow a rigorous interview process to join the team, following the School Library Association (SLA) pack. Students work behind the desk on a rota and are rewarded with inhouse rewards such as merits, as well as taking part in book buying or reward trips. They also get priority for choosing and reading new books as well as library events and trips. They also get nominated for Pupil Librarian of the Year Award organised by the SLA.


All students at Heartlands have allocated reading time in English lessons and during Vertical Tutoring time. This is known as DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). The library has a full timetable of DEAR classes throughout lesson time.

Beyond Words

Heartlands is dedicated to raising student attainment in and enjoyment of reading. The school operates a whole-school reading programme known as Beyond Words which partly include the Accelerated Reader scheme.The library collection is arranged to reflect this. Please contact our Head of Literacy for more information: andrew.lloyd@hearttlands.haringey.sch.uk

Students can look up book levels to see if they fit within their ZPDs using the Bookfinder website:


or take quizzes by logging on here:


All students are expected to use the library and its resources.


The Library runs a variety of events and clubs to promote reading for pleasure for students, staff and the school community.

Our regular activities include:

Autumn term:

Bookbuzz – free book for all year 7s from Booktrust

Transition activities

Red House Children’s Book Award

Author visits

Spring term:

Stan Lee Excelsior Award (national graphic novel award)

Royal Society Young People’s Prize (national science book award)

World Book Day

Author visits

Summer term:

Founders of Haringey Children’s Book Award (years 5 – 7)

Carnegie Award (national fiction award)

Author visits

Transition projects

Please see local press for some of our recent activities:

Julia Donaldson for Wood Green Literary Festival


Harry Potter Night


Royal Society Prize


World Book Night


Holocaust Memorial Day


World Book Day


Please use the following methods to find out more information:

Follow us on Twitter @LibraryHHS


Please look on the Heartlands school website for our main policies.


For more information, please contact the Manager by emailing helen.swinyard@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk or contacting her through the main school reception.

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