Welcome to the library
The School Library Resource Centre (SLRC) plays a central and full role – both academically and socially – in the life of the school by supporting learning and teaching.
The library is on level 3 of the building, next to the Computing, English and Modern Languages departments.
It has a wide range of books, magazines and audiotapes, as well as Internet access.
The SLRC is staffed by two qualified librarians Ms Lindsay Nealon (Mon – Tue) and Ms Magda Wojnar (Wed – Fri), who share the job to provide a full time professional service
Accessing books during the Covid-19 Outbreak
Mornings – Monday to Friday
8.15am – 8.40am
Lunchtimes – Monday to Friday
1.30pm – 1.50pm
* exclusive to Bookgroup and other clubs on some days
After School – Monday to Thursday
3.30pm – 3.40pm
After School Friday
1.10pm – check with librarian
Staff and pupils are automatically registered as library users when they join St Thomas’
No cards are needed.
Books are issued for a period of 2 weeks
The loan period can be extended if required.
There are no limits on staff loans.
Reminders for overdue books are sent out via English Teachers.
Letters will be sent home after a few weeks of having overdue books and money for replacement copies sought.
As other people are often waiting for these items, please try to bring them back on time Thank you !
Wireless Internet access is available.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions there is no access to IT devices and printing facilities in the library until further notice.
We apologise for inconvenience.
Literacy Across Learning
Events in the Library
The librarians along with other departments organise and run various activities throughout the year. Here is the list of upcoming events we would like to celebrate in the library:
The Librarians and English Department have developed a reading programme (Book Bingo) that aims to teach and develop literacy skills. All S1 andS2 English classes have one period timetabled in the Library every fortnight.
Pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment and to take part in literary activities such as Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day, etc.
We want you to enjoy reading!
There are Book Groups for pupils and staff, and pupils are encouraged to review books for Teen Titles magazine.
Trips are organised to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and other author events.
We run various clubs including: S1- S3 Book Group, Staff Book Group and Book to Film Club
Unfortunately they are all put on hold due to social distancing rules. We are planning to resume them as soon as restrictions are being lifted.
Our school has links with other libraries in the city. Everyone is encouraged to join their local, public library and staff and senior pupils can use University libraries and the National Library of Scotland for reference purposes too. Books can often be borrowed from other schools via the Librarian. An inter-library loan facility is also available for ‘Higher’ and academic texts.
You can access free Electronic Resources by registering at Edinburgh City Libraries.
You will find more information on the website below or ask the Librarian
There are more free resources available online and you can find details in our guide here: Online Resources Guide
For ideas about what to read, there are many websites, including:
Our librarians update Reading Lists annually.
You can access them below or get printed copies from the school library.
School Database of Educational Articles
You can use this database The list of articles to search for articles useful for various school subjects.
For more information and how to access them online, please refer to our Online Resources Guide
- Bethany McLuskey (p4)
- Lucia Bainomugisha, Charlie Cook , Safwan Mohammed and Polly Dickson-Smith (p6)
- David Mochan, Haider Salman and Livi Tague (p8)
- Joanna Boulis (p14).
Future Events & Activities
Greyfriars Bobby Day - 14 January 2021
Empathy Day 9 June 2020
Tuesday 9 June is Empathy Day , encouraging us all to step into someone else’s shoes and relate to the challenges they face. It seems especially relevant at this time when people are anxious about the corona virus, campaigning that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and dealing with issues on a personal level. To find out more on how to develop your empathy skills, or to join in with author talks, poetry and drawing workshops, see the powerpoint below.
You can ‘train your brain’ to be more empathetic . Here are 3 of our library books which could help –
Europe Day 2020
Although we are in the process of Brexit, Europe Day will be celebrated on 9 May 2020 to mark peace and unity amongst member countries. Test your European book knowledge below.
World Book Night
WBN takes place on 23 April 2020 – Shakespeare’s birthday. Click on the files below to find out more and to do a WBN quiz.