We welcome all students to the Library

The Library aims to support the whole school as a learning resource centre to promote and support teaching, learning and student progress at Copthall. We do this through provision of high quality, relevant resources and developing literacy and research skills in all the subjects.

 All students are welcome to come to the Library to study, complete homework, read or borrow resources.


We have a large selection of appropriate resources which are located within a calm environment, close to the Sixth Form Centre in the school. Resources are selected based on the curriculum in close consultation with all the Faculties including both fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, DVDs, reference books, revision guides and text books. The Library also has computers and a photocopier.

The library catalogue, which is a list of books we have in the Library is called ‘Oliver’ and can be accessed using the link.

Opening Times

Monday – Wednesday 8:15am - 5:00pm
Thursday & Friday 8:15 – 4:30pm

The library is open to all before school from 8.15 a.m; during the school day for Sixth Form private study and for classes; during lunch breaks to the whole school; after school for homework and quiet reading.

Expectations of behaviour

Students are expected to:

Respect the library as a place for quiet reading and study.

Remember that eating and drinking are not allowed in the library.

Always ensure that resources are ‘issued’ to them before taking them out of the Library.

Be responsible for their own learning and ask for help to find resources if needed.

Library membership

All students are automatically members of the Library when they join the school and are given a unique library number. Students may borrow up to two books at a time – or one book and one DVD.

Books may be borrowed for up to three weeks. DVDs can be borrowed for three days. Books may be renewed up to three times.

If an item is overdue for more than two weeks the student will receive a letter reminding them to return the item or renew it immediately.

Lost items will be charged to the student who borrowed them, and they will receive a bill to cover the replacement value of the item. 


We organise library events throughout the year including arranging teams for the Barnet inter-schools Literature Quiz, Carnegie Shadowing and Read4Barnet, as well as author visits to the school. We also run after school clubs and reading groups.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. We take part in this event by shadowing the shortlist and reading the nominated books. If you would like more information on the winner and shortlist, please visit the website:

‘Read4Barnet’ is a Conference held annually at different Barnet schools where students meet authors and listen to author talks. In preparation for the event students read the books which will be discussed. Last year the Conference was held at Wren Academy. To see the list of books go to

Accelerated Reader

In years 7 and 8, the Accelerated Reader programme is used to support and monitor students’ progress with reading. The STAR reading software allows us to measure students’ reading ages at key points in the year (September, December, March, July) and this enables us to track their progress with reading across the year. Accelerated Reader also supports students to engage with new books and encourages them to make regular time for reading. Each student is set a termly personalised points target, which is calculated based on their individual reading age, to ensure that it is achievable. The link to ‘AR Bookfinder’ may be used by students and parents to identify if a book is on the Accelerated Reader programme and which level the book is.

Link to Barnet 24/7 Reference Library

All residents and students who study in the London Borough of Barnet are entitled to join Barnet Libraries and access the 24/7 Reference Library. This includes major encyclopaedias, reference books and newspapers free of charge which are accessed using your Barnet library card. For example, Grove Music Online, Britannica Online, The Times Online.

The online Reference Library may be accessed through their website, Once on the website, select the desired link and enter your 14 digit Barnet Library card number.

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