The Howard Library

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Library Opening Hours & Location: 

Monday to Thursday: 09:30 - 14:45

Room 3F8


Mrs Nicola Towner - School Librarian

Tel: 01732 353544 Ext. 246


Finding a Book:

Our non-fiction books are ordered by the Dewey decimal number covered by a clear coloured label.  Further details are shown on the signs above the bookcases.

Our fiction books are ordered alphabetically by author’s surname into the following genres.

  • Adventure

  • Animals

  • Biography

  • Careers

  • Fairytales

  • Fantasy

  • Historical Fiction

  • Horror

  • Humour

  • Mystery

  • Science Fiction

  • Short Stories

  • Sixth Form Reading Scheme

  • Young Adult

Non Fiction Guide:


000 - 009 - General/Reference 


100 - 199 - Philosophy/Psychology 


200 - 299 - Religion 

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300 - 399 - Society/Community


400 - 499 - Languages 


500 - 599 - Science 


600 - 699 - Technology 


700 - 799 - Arts/Music/Sport 


800 - 899 - Literature 


900 - 999 - Geography 

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About the Library

The library is a buzzing and thriving place to be and is guaranteed to be  busy throughout the whole school day. 

Reading is such an important part of every child’s day and our library is there to provide an excellent source of books to support our students with their studies and to enjoy reading.

During breaks and lunch times you will find students browsing and reading books, doing homework, working on computers, working independently or in groups or enjoying some of the many library clubs available.

Library Dedication

The Howard Library is dedicated to Mr Roy Howard (1922-2011), the first headteacher of Hugh Christie School.  He was a well-respected local school leader and made a huge contribution to the lives of thousands of young people in this area.

I’m interested in becoming a student librarian, what do I do?

As there is always more demand than places available, you will need to fill in an application form and attend an interview. If successful, you will spend a trial period with us to make sure it’s right for you! Two sessions a week is all we expect you to commit to.


All students can borrow up to 3 books for a period of 3 weeks.

All books must be signed in and out by the Librarian on duty.  If no one is available your book can be placed in the returns box just inside the entrance to the library. 

If you have not finished reading your book you can ask the Librarian to renew it and get it re-stamped.

Code of Conduct

The Library can become very busy during break and lunch times.  To ensure that all students can work safely and productively, we operate a simple code of conduct:

  • Students should have a clear purpose for their visit to the Library.

  • Bags to be kept under the tables.

  • Quiet talking is acceptable.

  • Eating and drinking is not-permitted.

  • Mobile phones must be switched off.

  • Only one student to each computer.

  • Students should leave the area tidy.

Students will be asked to leave the Library if they break the code of conduct.

What we have?

We have over 8000 fiction and non-fiction books, book posters, careers leaflets and prospectuses as well as 3-networked computers.

Our Library catalogue is available on the student quick links at the footer of the Hugh Christie website, which you can search at any time. You can also view student book reviews, book of the week and our new reads.

You can also have your own login to view your current and past loans, complete a book review or reserve a book. We are happy for you to suggest any books that we should stock in the library.  Please give your suggestions to the Librarian on duty.

Year 7 Recommended Reads

Your Hugh Christie free book

David Walliams

Ali Sparkes

Michael Morpurgo

Roald Dahl

Emma Carroll

Jeff Kinney

Cressida Cowell

Anthony Horowitz

Year 8 Recommended Reads

Your Hugh Christie birthday book

Chris Bradford

Michael Morpurgo

John Boyne

Emma Carroll

Robert  Muchamore

Michelle Magorian

A diary based book

A children's classic

Year 9 Recommended Reads

Bali Rai

A dystopian future book

Suzanne Collins

Chris Bradford

Robert  Muchamore

Eve Ainsworth

Deborah Ellis

William Sutcliffe

A book based in a war

A literary classic