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Orchard Primary

& Pre-School

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"


Our library is an important part of school life, helping to foster a love of books and reading for pleasure. The library contains both fiction and non-fiction books, suitable for all ages throughout the school; these are in addition to the books kept in each classroom.


We use an on-line library management system which enables us to identify which books the library currently holds and identify gaps and trends in borrowing; it also helps us keep track of which books the children have borrowed.


Opening Times

Every class has a regular weekly library time during which books can be borrowed and returned; the library slots for this academic year are as follows:


Reception       Monday

Year 1              Friday

Year 2              Wednesday

Year 3              Thursday

Year 4              Friday

Year 5              Tuesday


Please make sure your child brings his/her library books into school on their library day so they can exchanged for new ones or renewed if they have not yet finished them.


Borrowing Books

Each child may borrow up to 3 library books at a time and these should be brought back into school each week to be returned or renewed.  It is the responsibility of the child and the parent/carer to look after the books they borrow and to make sure they are returned on time and undamaged.


We also ask that all library books are returned at the end of the Summer Term so we can do a stock check.


Choosing the Right Books

Teachers and Teaching Assistants take the children into the library in both class and small groups and are very happy to help your child choose a book. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to them.


Caring for Library Books

Please encourage your child to look after their library books; handle the books with clean hands and keep them away from food and drink, try not to crease or tear the pages and please do not bend the spine of the book.


Replacing Lost or Damaged Books

As you know, books are expensive and all the children know how we expect them to look after the books they borrow. In order to encourage a responsible attitude to borrowing books, reminders about overdue loans are sent out regularly. However, if your child loses or damages a book they have borrowed, then we would ask you to pay for a replacement.  This is to allow us to maintain a healthy supply of reading material for all the children.  If you do not want to have to pay for any replacements due to loss or damage then unfortunately your child will not be able to borrow books from the library.


We hope that you and your child will enjoy using the school library; if you have any suggestions for books you would like us to stock please let us know.