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Welcome to the EBS Library page!  We hope you find all the information here useful, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

The Library aims to support all teaching and learning within the school using library resources both in print and online. The Library staff ensure that all students and staff have equal access to these resources. As much support as necessary is given to students to assist in use of these materials. We encourage literacy throughout the school. All students are welcome to come to the Library to study, complete homework, read or borrow resources.

  • The Library is staffed by Professional Librarians and is available for all year groups.
  • The Library hold an array of different resources, from e-readers to books, magazines to comics, even online catalogues; there is something for everyone.
  • Students take part in Library lessons to increase their awareness of Library use and to enhance learning in certain subjects.
  • The Library often invites authors to the school to conduct talks for different year groups, and organises various events throughout the year.

Opening Times

Monday08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday08:30 - 16:30
Thursday08:30 - 16:30
Friday08:30 - 16:30

What We Offer

We offer students appropriate resources and support them in a calm environment which is centrally located in the school. Resources are selected based on the curriculum in close consultation with all the Faculties. These include both fiction and non-fiction books, daily newspapers, magazines, DVDs, reference books, revision guides and text books. The Library also has many computers and we provide an online library catalogue and online resources, and give students appropriate training in their use.

We provide reading lists for all year groups from 7 to 13, which are available both in the Library and online.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. If you would like more information on the winner and shortlist, please visit the website: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk


We organise library events throughout the year including arranging teams for the inter-schools Literature Quiz, Carnegie Shadowing, Stan Lee Comic Book Shadowing and Read for Barnet, as well as author visits to the school.

In Year 7, students will follow a library induction programme in which they are introduced to the library. They will be shown how the catalogue works and how the books are organised.


Students are expected to:

  • Respect others while in the Library, and work or read as quietly as possible.
  • Refrain from eating, drinking or chewing.
  • Ensure that all resources are ‘issued’ to them before taking them out of the Library.

Mobile phones, MP3 players and iPods will be confiscated if used in the Library.

Borrowing Books

All students are automatically members of the Library when they join the school and may borrow up to two books at a time.

All books may be borrowed for up to three weeks. DVDs can be borrowed for one week. Items may be renewed up to three times.

Items overdue for more than two weeks will result in the student receiving a letter reminding them to return the item or renew it immediately.

Items regarded as lost will be charged to the student who borrowed them, who will receive a bill to cover the replacement value of the item. 

Local Connections

We also provide a link to Barnet 24/7

The London Borough of Barnet Libraries provide an online Reference Library through their website, www.barnet.gov.uk/research-service. You can access major encyclopedias, reference books and newspapers free of charge using your Barnet library card. For example, Grove Music Online, School Britannica, The Times Online.

To access the Barnet Libraries Reference Library, click here. Once you reach the website, select the desired link and enter your 14 digit Barnet Library card number.

Online Resources

All years are shown online resources available online via the Library. These resources can be used from home or school. Year 7 students learn to use School Britannica (funded by the PTA), Newspapers for Schools and the Library Catalogue. Sixth Form students additionally learn to use the online archive of Review Magazines for all subjects.

The Library has six e-readers that Year 7 students use in Library lessons, a purchase funded by the PTA. These e-readers are for use in the Library and by school book groups. Additional ebooks can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/ and on the Barnet website by Barnet Library members.

OPEN EVENING 2021Monday 20th September 2021
6:00pm - 8:30pm

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