F.A.Q

At the library we hear the same questions asked a lot, so we’ve compiled all the most frequently asked ones here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for then don’t hesitate to ask the library team.​

How do I use the library?

The library is a place where you can browse fiction books, non-fiction books, CDs and DVDs. You can read the resource in the library or you can book it out using a library card and take it home. To book out a resource simply bring it to the help desk and speak to a member of the library team.

What are the Rules of the Library?

  • Quiet and sensible behaviour

  • No eating or drinking

  • Coats and bags must be placed in the designated area. Please remove money/expensive items

  • Ask permission before printing

  • Keep resources safe and return them on time and in the same condition

  • Anything lost or damaged by a student must be paid for

  • Do not borrow a resource for anyone else as you will be held responsible if it is lost, stolen or damaged.

How can I find this book?

It depends. Fictional books are arranged in order of the authors second name. For example if you wanted to read an Alex Rider book, you would have to remember that it was written by Anthony Horowitz and then look under H.

Graphic Novels are slightly different and are arranged in various sections like DC/Marvel, Original stories, adaptions and manga.

Non Fiction books are arranged using the Dewey System. This gives each book a number depending on it’s subject.
These subjects include:

000 – Generalities

100 – Philosophy

200 – Religion

300 – Social Sciences

400 – Language

500 – Science and Math

600 – Technology

700 – Arts and Leisure

800 – Literature

900 – Geography and History

If you ever have any problems looking for a specific subject don’t hesitate to talk to a member of the library team. They have access to a database which can look up specific subjects.

Where do I put this book back?

See Above. If you are absolutely sure you understand how the library system works then put your book back, if you don’t you should leave the book on the trolley to the left of the helpdesk.

Can I use the computers?

Yes, as long as it is a Monday, Tuesday or a Thursday. There is a booking sheet on the library desk allowing you to book a 15 minute time slot during lunch.

Wednesdays and Fridays are reading days only although Sixth Formers are able to access the computers at any time.

How many resources can I take out at one time and how long can I keep them?

  • 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction books for a 3 week loan

  • 1 DVD, CD or CD-ROM for a 3 day loan

Can I borrow some equipment?

Equipment is lent out on a strict basis. You can borrow pens, pencils, holepunchers, scissors and paper. As long as it is for homework/coursework. Resources must not leave the library under any circumstances.

Can I print off my homework?

Always ask permission first, if there is a lot of pages you may need to get paper from the department for which the homework has been set.

Do you have any useful online Resources?

Yes, the library subscribes to 2 online resources. They are of use to you free of charge.

Complete Issues gives you the articles, statistics and contacts to understand the world we live in. It supplements the ‘Essential Articles’ booklet available in the reference section of the library.

Visit www.completeissues.co.uk and enter your username and password to get started.

Britannica School is the online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica, designed especially for schools. As well as encyclopaedia entries there are images, videos and interactive maps to explore. You can be confident that all of the information here is up-to-date and correct.

You must use the link below to access Britannica School. Searching for it through Google will not work. Remember that if you access this resource at home you will need your password.

http://school.eb.co.uk/storeschoolcard?id=hamsteadhallaca

If you forget your log-in details for either of these resources, please see the librarian.

How can I get help with my homework?

The library runs a Homework Club between 8.00am and 8.30am mondays through to Wednesdays. If you are having difficulty with a particular pice of work, need a little help or just need a quiet place to concentrate then this half hour slot is ideal. We won’t do your homework for you, but we’ll help you do the best you can.

What happens if I don’t look after the book?

If you don’t look after the book and you return it damaged, then you will be charged the full price of the book.

If you fail to return a book after having recieved several late notices then you may be restricted from school trips or your prom.

Some handy tips to look after your library books include:

  • Keep food and drink away from your book to avoid stains and spillages

  • Store books carefully in your bag on the way to and from school – this stops them getting wet or dirty

  • Always use a bookmark to save your page, instead of folding back pages or the spine of the book

Do you know any useful revision links?

Yes! The exam board websites are often useful and give free access to mark schemes, past exam papers and examiner’s reports. Make sure to check which board is marking your exam before delving in.

AQA website

OCR website

Edexcel Website

Digital copies of exam papers on the VLE (Outdated)

A Level Papers January 2011

A Level Papers June 2011

GCSE Papers January 2011

GCSE Papers June 2011

Excellent Revision Websites

BGFL Revision 

Brain Boxx

BBC Bitesize

Quizlet Flash Cards