The mission of the Library and Learning Lounge is to ensure that pupils and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as to promote reading. The Library is central to the fulfilment of instructional goals and objectives of the School, and promotes this through a planned programme of acquisition and organisation of information, and the dissemination of materials to expand the learning environment of all pupils. Teaching information skills is also an essential part of the School Library programme.
The Library’s online catalogue and subscription databases are available to pupils 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a virtual learning system. A class set of laptops located in the Library allows for information literacy lessons and practice to ensure pupils know how to access these resources. Prep School and Senior School Library and Learning Lounge Committees meet throughout the year to provide pupil input into the Library collection, as well as promoting the positive atmosphere of the Library and leading the direction of the Library programme.
The Library and Learning Lounge hosts several author and storyteller visits throughout the year to promote reading and there are competitions such as Primary Battle of the Books, Secondary Battle of the Books, and Kids Lit Quiz. The Library also supports and participates in the Hong Kong Golden Dragon Award programme, allowing pupils to vote for their favourite titles from books selected by prominent Hong Kong school librarians.
The Library houses approximately 24,000 books including over 1,400 ebooks for pupils. Book levels range from board books for toddlers all the way through to university prep reading. A trial of audio books commenced at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The Library subscribes to several databases including Britannica Encyclopaedia and Image Quest, Kids Infobits, National Geographic for Kids, Brain POP, The Churchill Archives, JSTOR, Gale Research in Context, Gale Global Issues in Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Science in Context, History in Context and Gale Literature Criticism Online.
The Library subscribes to over 30 hard copy and electronic journals and magazines covering all ages and all subjects.
Ms Liz Mills-Campbell, Director of Libraries
Mrs Mills-Campbell grew up in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She has worked in Education in Hong Kong for 10 years both as a School Librarian and as Schools Manager at Scholastic Books in Hong Kong and Macau. She sat as Coordinator of ALESS (Association of Librarians in English Speaking Schools), and on the selection committee of the Hong Kong Golden Dragon Book Awards, and is currently part of the selection committee for the Bring Me A Book read aloud book list.
Before moving to Hong Kong, Mrs Mills-Campbell was part of the senior management team at HarperCollins Children's Books in London where she worked closely with children's authors and illustrators. She is passionate about literature and sharing her enthusiasm for the written word.
She is committed to developing information literacy skills and believes that the Library should be at the very heart of the school to inspire the next generation of readers and equip pupils with the tools they need to navigate the sea of information that is on hand in the 21st Century.