Queen Elizabeth School

Our Library

At QES we are very fortunate to have a Library for Years 7 to 11 and a dedicated Sixth Form Library.

The Library Portal: Accessit

Click on the Accessit icon to the right to find our library portal for the latest library news; to search our extensive resources; to read or write book reviews; create reading lists and find our recommended reading suggestions; to access details of our many digital research tools; and use Onesearch to look beyond our library collections for accurate and reliable information to support your studies.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday: 8.15am – 4.00pm
and Friday: 8.15am – 3.30pm.

The Main Library

The Main Library is used for joint English and Library lessons for students from Year 7 to 9 and for research-based lessons for all years in other subjects.

Before school, during breaks and lunch-times and after school the Library is open for all students to use. It is a central hub in school in which students can come to do their school work at tables and on computers; read magazines and books and take part in the different groups that run through the week, including the Reading and Spellbinding Groups; Comics and Excelsior Award Club; Creative Writing Club; Poetry Club; Classics Club; Games Club; and Farming Club.

The Sixth Form Library

The Sixth Form Library is a quiet but welcoming space with computers and plentiful desk space supporting independent study.

It is well-equipped with books, magazines and journals enabling students to study subjects at a higher level. The librarians help Sixth Form students with higher level research skills including referencing their work and writing bibliographies and learning how to best find and retrieve relevant information using different digital resources.

Skills such as these are significant to certain aspects of their current work (for example, the Extended Project Qualification) and also have been found to help ease the transition from school to university.

Activities and Events

Special reading-related activities, events and trips run through the school year...

…including World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Roald Dahl Day, Harry Potter Night, Scholastic book fairs, reading schemes, themed  ompetitions, special showings of literary film adaptations, and close engagement with festivals such as the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Kendal Mountain Festival.

Special reading-related activities, events and trips run through the school year, including World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Roald Dahl Day, Harry Potter Night, Scholastic book fairs, reading schemes, themed competitions, special showings of literary film adaptations, and close engagement with festivals such as the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and Kendal Mountain Festival.

Author Events

We also very much enjoy hosting author events.

Having the opportunity to meet and hear an author talk about the books that they have written, what inspires them and how they get their ideas has a profound effect on students’ enthusiasm for reading for pleasure.

We are very proud to have hosted authors such Cathy Cassidy, Darren Shan, Maggie Stiefvater, Mike Garry, Joseph Delaney, Michelle Paver, Katherine Woodfine, Gareth P Jones, Cecelia Ahern, Yeonmi Park and Chris Higgins.

We also take students on trips to see authors elsewhere and these have included Rick Riordan, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Gill Lewis, Sophie McKenzie, Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell and Sally Gardner.

Print and Digital Resources

The following resources are available for students:

  • A wide range of up-to-date fiction, with classics as well as contemporary novels for all ages and abilities
  • E and Audio books
  • Non-fiction books across a range of subjects and including popular autobiographies
  • Text books supporting subjects in school
  • Comics, graphic novels, manga
  • Newspapers, magazines, journals
  • DVDs
  • E Readers to loan
  • Audio book devices to loan
  • Digital resources including JSTOR; Hodder Review magazine archive; Issues Online; History Today; EMagazine; Philosophy Now; Babel. Find further details on our digital resources on the Library homepage.

Library resources are searchable via the Library homepage from anywhere with an internet connection. Students can log in to their personal account where they can view and manage their loans, returns, reservations, personal reading lists and past loans, from any internet enabled device. They can also recommend, request, and contact the Librarian via their account.

Reading Recommendations

If you are struggling to find a book to enjoy, don’t worry! The right book is out there, you just haven’t found it yet! Drop in the Library, or email us at library@lunesdaletrust.co.uk, to see one of the librarians who will point you to the types of books you might like, and show you books that other students with similar interests have enjoyed.

Acknowledge & Close

Year 6 Open Evenings

We will be holding Open Evenings on the following dates:
  • Thursday 16th September
  • Wednesday 22nd September

For further information please click here