Is your dc's school library open after school?

(28 Posts)
Dancergirl Sun 08-Sep-13 09:37:02

Dd1 is at an independent girls school and the library is open every day after school till 5pm.

We are looking at schools for dd2, she'll sit for her sisters school but also others. We are considering a girls grammar, one of the top ones in the country. But I was surprised to find out their library is not open after school, only at lunch time.

I'd be interested to hear about other schools.

AtiaoftheJulii Sun 08-Sep-13 10:07:15

Girls' grammar and mixed comp - both libraries open after school for about an hour, though i think only 4 days a week.

JenaiMorris Sun 08-Sep-13 10:07:57

Ds's comprehensive is, yes.

SuperiorCat Sun 08-Sep-13 10:23:26

Mixed secondary. Open til 4.30 every night. Doesn't get used massively as semi rural catchment where over 50% are bussed in.

HmmAnOxfordComma Sun 08-Sep-13 11:55:04

Not at my school. Rural - over 80% of children bussed in - so the Head won't pay to open the library on that basis. Town library is open.

For the same reason, we have next to no after school clubs either. They're almost all at lunchtime, with a few exceptions (sailing etc obviously can't be done at lunchtime!)

trinity0097 Sun 08-Sep-13 12:12:58

Our library only available in school time, which is 8.30 to 5.30pm

Kez100 Sun 08-Sep-13 13:33:05

Yes, until 6, except when there are Governor meetings which start at 5.30! That's not often, to be fair.

Madmog Sun 08-Sep-13 14:45:10

Mixed comp, open every day after school and also all break times. My daughter has used a few times to get books for projects and books they need to read and review. The lady in there is great and really helpful. Even though there are 1500+ pupils (I appreciate not all will use the library), she knows which styles of book my daughter likes to read.

Dancergirl Sun 08-Sep-13 17:31:52

Would you then say it's surprising that a top girls grammar has no after-school library opening?

coco27 Sun 08-Sep-13 17:47:44

Only until 5pm

Anthracite Sun 08-Sep-13 17:58:09

DDs' library is open until 6.30pm, although it is chargeable after 5pm.

BestIsWest Sun 08-Sep-13 19:42:29

DC's comp is open from about 8am to 5 and all through breaks.

JenaiMorris Sun 08-Sep-13 22:16:42

With, I imagine, an intake mainly consisting of girls with good resources and an environment at home conducive to study, it wouldn't surprise me, op.

JGBMum Mon 09-Sep-13 09:09:55

Yes I'm surprised the library at any good school isn't open until at least 5pm.
DDs school pulls in from a large catchment area, catholic school in rural county, so lots do go home on the various school buses, but still the library is open all day til 5pm.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 09-Sep-13 09:17:32

I think usually for a little while.

But many will close at the end of the day or soon after, and I wouldn't find it surprising - librarians aren't paid very much, and their hours will often not extend that late.

mumslife Mon 09-Sep-13 12:12:44

dd at grammar open until five

Isthiscorrect Mon 09-Sep-13 15:43:48

I am a librarian at a senior school, non selective but fee paying overseas. We are open from 7.30am (school starts 7.45) all day until 4pm (school finishes at 3), except Thursday when school finishes at 1 and so do we. We are generally overwhelmed with students, using the ICT facilities and the resources. Sometimes the students are siblings waiting for their brothers/sisters who are at ECA's (every child has to take at least 2 ECAS's), other times its homework/project work, playing chess and scrabble or just chilling. There are two librarians and in that hour we are rushed off our feet helping (which is a good thing IMHO).

mimbleandlittlemy Mon 09-Sep-13 16:35:30

State academy - library open from 8am (school starts at 8.45) - 5pm (school finishes at 3.10).

Dancingdreamer Tue 10-Sep-13 00:13:20

Why is it so important that library open? More important to have sufficient access to library in school hours. After school most either go straight home or to after school clubs. However for completeness my daughter at independent girls school has access to library until 5.30 (run after school prep in library)

AChickenCalledKorma Tue 10-Sep-13 08:28:52

Our library and IT resource centre are both open after school - big comp.

There are quite a few students with relatively deprived home circumstances, so I guess it might be partly to encourage them to stay at school and do homework. But I must admit I thought any secondary would stay open.

state academy, library open from 7.30am (school starts at 8.25) until 6.30pm. school finishes at 3.40pm two days a week, and three days a week all students have compulsory additional studiesuntil 4.40pm.

Dancing dreamer, there can often be a queue for library resources, such as computer time, especially for the kids who do not have access to pcs and printers. plus the only free time there is is break and lunch...

Dancergirl Wed 11-Sep-13 10:52:25

It's not SO important but I was curious to know what happens in other schools. Dd2 is a big reader and for her the library is the heart of the school. Plus to be able to use the computing facilities after school is a bonus.

Dancingdreamer Thu 12-Sep-13 14:07:25

Agree about queues that was my point about having sufficient access during school time. Either a dedicated library period or enough resources to cope with number of children.

On another point with e-readers and internet access at home my daughter barely needs library at school. She reads loads but all downloaded books!

Dancergirl Thu 12-Sep-13 14:11:25

dancingdreamer my dd likes to read them for free from the library first before buying! Doesn't like to waste money!

BackforGood Thu 12-Sep-13 14:52:50

both ds and dd are at state comps. Not sure about the timings of dd's, but I know they can use it. ds's is open until 4pm (50mins after the end of school).

Talkinpeace Thu 12-Sep-13 17:08:19

Yes, most days when something is going on.
But until the school closes for the evening there are always corridors where kids can work as well as computers all over the place.
We have hundreds of reference books at home for when its shut.

Dancingdreamer Sun 15-Sep-13 22:43:52

You will be amazed how many books you can downloand for free form the e-readers. Just type in free books. All the "classic novels". DD also reads as yet unpublished books looking for an audience (more variable quality but really has helped her understand what makes a good writer and a poor one!) So no we don't like to waste money either!

englishteacher78 Mon 16-Sep-13 06:36:59

I teach in an Outstanding school. Our library is open after school from January until the end of the exam period. The librarians are only paid to work during school hours, so this relies on staff volunteers (interestingly, usually the same staff who do clubs - gluttons for punishment!). Some students are 'asked' to attend these sessions others volunteer.
Our results are very good.

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