School Life


Welcome to the Library

Opening times

  • Monday-Thursday         8.00am - 4.00pm

  • Friday                                8.00am – 2.30pm    

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide a learning environment that encourages reading and active learning. 

  • To have a vibrant role in developing a culture that promotes wider reading-motivated readers and learners for life.

  • Provide a wider and inclusive range of resources to support learning and teaching throughout the school

  • To provide a place for collaborative learning, and creativity and for developing independent research and information literary skills.

Resources and support:

  • Our extensive fiction and non-fiction collections support reading for pleasure and reading for learning. Also, books are available to support all subjects and cater to various ability levels.

  • We also have access to general magazines and educational Review Magazines on various subjects.

  • Computer workstations are available to support students’ study needs. Use is monitored and expected for school and study-related purposes only.

  • The library organises several events in partnership with teaching staff and external organisations throughout the year including author visits and participation in the Yoto Carnegie Book Award shadowing.

  • We provide learning and information literacy skills sessions to enhance students’ research and information retrieval and critical thinking skills.

  • All students at Hendon School are automatically enrolled in the library and can take out up to 4 books for 2 weeks.

  • We would like all students to treat books with care and return books on time or renew them. If an item goes beyond its loan date with no renewal requested or granted, we will issue reminders to students.

  • Librarian is always available to help you find the resources that best suit your needs. Just come to the desk and ask!

Library rules:

  • Students are expected to read study or complete their homework in the library.

  • Students have to ensure that all the resources are issued to them before taking them out of the library.

  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside the library.

  • The use of mobile phones is prohibited.

  • No playing games on the computer.

  • Failure to follow the code of conduct will result in sanctions by the school’s behaviour policy.

Reading Cloud and access your School Library:

Search your library to find and reserve books, write book reviews, and keep tabs on what you have borrowed and have on loan. The Reading Cloud is available on the main Hendon School webpage (you can find the icon in the bottom right corner of the page.)

We provide regular updates with useful resources and links, as well as our recommended reading lists.

Useful Websites to find more books and book reviews: includes recommendations of the latest children’s books as well as forgotten classics. Browse bestselling fiction authors, books, and series in order. find book recommendations changing lives through a love of books and reading Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and well-being using helpful reading. awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English and an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people reviews of the latest children’s books magazine and website with reviews of the latest children’s books children’s books website with news, extracts, and reviews website containing lots of reading lists based on age and school year. for finding dual-language books for finding dyslexia-friendly books or books for reluctant readers


Websites of book awards:

Booker prize:                          

Costa Books:                          

Excelsior Graphic Novels:      

Yoto Carnegies:                      

YA book Prize: