Learning Resource Centre

Welcome to Woolwich Polytechnic Library. Students are welcome to use the Library every day from 8.00am to 4.30pm; this includes break and lunchtimes. The Library offers 17 computers, printer/photocopier, quiet reading area and a work area for 33 students. There are various clubs that go on after school that all are welcome to come along to, for example, Homework Club and Chess Club. The Library has a selection of board games that students can use during break times and after school. Mrs Hawgood is the Library Manager and Mrs Hollis assists in the mornings and after school. ( photos attached)

Student Library helpers assist daily in the Library. Their duties include preparing books as well as issuing and returning student Library books. The student helpers are a really important part of the Library. ( photos attached)

We have a wide selection of books, fiction and non-fiction, magazines, comics, et cetera. If students cannot see a book or author that they like, they are encouraged ask and the Librarian, Mrs Hawgood, can look for or order in the resource. We like to order and select books that the students will enjoy so any recommendations from students are very welcome.

Students can purchase stationary items such as pens/pencils, exam pencil cases, geometry sets, calculators, rubbers et cetera, from the Library. The Library holds at least two half-price book sales a year: the books are in school for at least two weeks to give the students a chance to have a look and buy for their reading pleasure.


D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) is a compulsory reading period incorporated into the students’ timetable. Every Wednesday at the start of period 3 for 20 minutes, the whole school literally drops everything and reads! A variety of articles are read as a group and then discussed.

World Book Day

The Library celebrates World Book Day in March each year: teachers and students dress as their favourite book character. We also hold a special WBD assembly where we celebrate books and reward students with books and certificates.

Visiting Author

Author visits are really important and we are lucky enough to have welcomed Dan Freedman, the author of ‘Kick Off’; Marcus Alexander, author of ‘Keeper of the Realms’ and most recently Chris Bradford of the ‘Bodyguard’ series. All the authors have engaged and encouraged our students to read for pleasure and explore the possibilities of writing during their workshops.

The Book Bus

This year was the first year that we have had the Book Bus visit the Poly. The students were so excited to board the double deck bus with floor to ceiling books! Each student was given a scanner to scan books that they would like to see in the Library: after 70 children and a very full shopping basket, the morning was a great success!

From Book to Stage

The Library loves to see books that have been transformed into theatre productions - seeing a book come to life really encourages students to pick up a book! We have seen many productions including ‘Aladdin’, ‘Awful Aunty’ and most recently ‘Horrible Histories Live’ on stage.

Our Library is the hub of the school where staff and students come along to use the resources, celebrate books, support charities and help each other.

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Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email: enquiries@woolwichpoly.co.uk
Registered Office: Hutchins Road, London, SE28 8AT
Woolwich Polytechnic School is operated by POLYMAT which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. Reg no. 9078530