The John Mitchell Library
The Library supports the whole of St Olave's, providing an impressive stock of resources housed in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Centrally-located, the Library is spacious, well lit, and conducive to quiet reading and study.
All classes have a lesson in the Library each week when they are able to select books from the broad range of fiction available, from ‘the classics’ to the most up to date publications. An excellent range of non-fiction books and reference books is also available, along with newspapers, magazines and periodicals, and a selection of DVDs.
All pupils receive an induction session at the beginning of the year, and pupils in J3–J5 are trained in how to issue and return books, and how to search the computerised library catalogue.
The library is managed by our full-time Librarian, and always opens during school hours.
Year 7 and 8 (J4 and J5) pupils may volunteer to assist in the library at break times, becoming part of the Library Assistants Team; helping others to find resources, and with loans and returns. The role of the Pupil Library Assistant is an important and valuable contribution to the library, and the school as a whole. The library is a busy place at break times, where pupils can read books, newspapers and magazines, use the networked computers for school work, do their prep, carry out research or change their fiction books.
Regular author events are organised. Check our News and Events pages for details of these.