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The St Bede’s Catholic College Library is open every day during term time from 8.40am-4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.40am-3.30pm on Friday.

  • After school from Monday to Thursday the Library is open until 4.30pm for private study and everyone is welcome.
  • We have books suitable for Year 7 right through to Year 13 including fiction, non-fiction, reference books, text books, revision guides, quick reads and a graphic novel collection. We also subscribe to a number of newspapers, magazines and periodicals.
  • All pupils are welcome to read, borrow or return books, do homework, research and use the computers.
  • Pupils can borrow 3 books at any one time. Books are issued for 3 weeks and can be renewed twice. Books can also be reserved.
  • Suggestions for new titles are always welcome.
  • Every Monday lunchtime the Library is open for Year 7 pupils only.

  • Games such as chess, draughts or scrabble can be played on games days, which are Monday and Friday lunchtimes.
  • The Librarian (Mrs Pickup) and The Library Assistant (Mrs Velázquez) are always here to help.



We are delighted that award winning author Chelsey Flood is our very first Patron of Reading at St. Bede’s. She has had two novels published by Simon and Schuster: Infinite Sky and Nightwanderers. You can follow her on her blog:, on Instagram: or Twitter@cjflodd_author and she’s happy to be emailed at Her visits are well publicised around the school.


To encourage reading for pleasure and conversations about books, Chelsey launched a yearlong reading challenge on World Book Day 2016 which will end on World Book Day 2017.
There are four targets, Bronze (6 books), Silver (12 books), Gold (24 books) and Diamond (30 books). All pupils completing a target need to tell the librarians. In March 2017 all the names within each target will be put into a hat and a number of winners drawn and a selection of prizes given. All winners will also be invited to meet our Patron of Reading.
So keep reading and writing down the title and author of the books you have read, plus a little about them in the book spines of the reading challenge card, so you can talk about your reading.
Please remember this is a personal reading challenge so pick books to challenge yourself, e.g. different genres, new authors, etc. It is not a race!  
Click here to download a copy of the challenge card or come to the Library to get one. It is not too late to join the challenge!

Reading suggestions
We have a selection of reading lists and book guides in the Library to help pupils choosing something new to read which suit all ages, interests and abilities.
We can also recommend the following two great reading websites:

As well as some really useful sections on how to read aloud to children and reluctant readers, the teen section has lots of useful information on the best new reads, authors, writing book reviews and a great book finder tool.

This is a website divided helpfully into age ranges. You can download extracts from featured books It also has a section on dyslexia friendly books