Opening hours:- 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Ermysted’s library is a welcoming and popular area, situated in the school’s House block.

Consisting of a main library for Years 7-11 and a sixth form library for Years 12-13, it has a wide range of resources to support the curriculum and to encourage reading for pleasure.

In addition to timetabled library lessons and private study periods, pupils are encouraged to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities such as the International Kids’ Lit Quiz, World Book Day and the Carnegie Shadowing Project.

A knowledgeable team of library prefects and library helpers work with the librarians to ensure that all users of the library can get the most out of their visits.


Pupils are now able to access the school catalogue at home, to view, reserve and renew books.

Borrowing Books

Every pupil can borrow books from the library simply by using their school ID card.

KS3 – 3 books for 2 weeks

KS4 – 4 books for 2 weeks

KS5 – 5 books for 2 weeks

Books can be renewed if they have not been reserved by another pupil.

If a book is lost or damaged, do not panic, please come and talk to the librarians.

We would normally ask pupils to replace the book or pay for a replacement.

 What shall I read next?

The librarians will be happy to discuss and recommend books that may appeal to you. Pupils can also search the reading lists, library catalogue and websites such as those listed below:-

  • Reading Lists

The latest reading lists can be accessed here:-



The Ermysted’s Award Longlist

The following websites are useful if you are looking for inspiration for your next read:-

Search by favourite author for a comprehensive list of all their books grouped by series, or search by genre. See the recommendations for other authors you might enjoy.

  • Ermysted’s Library Catalogue

A diverse range of books can be found on the school’s ‘Heritage’ catalogue.

Search by Author, Genre or Title for some great reads.

  • Newspapers, Magazines, Periodicals

These are available via the main library and careers library.

Why Read?

Ermysted’s has a strong reading culture. Reading for pleasure has been shown to improve:-

  • Achievement across the curriculum.
  • Vocabulary, language skills and concentration.
  • Empathy.
  • Knowledge of the world.
  • Imagination and creativity.

When you find the right book for you, reading can also be a great stress-buster and fun.

Get Involved

  • The Carnegie

Ermysted’s has one of the largest and most pro-active Carnegie reading groups in the country. In 2020 the school was selected as the ‘Carnegie Shadowing Champion’ for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

  • In March a shortlist of 8 books is announced. These are the contenders for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
  • Pupils from Years 7-9 are invited to sign up for the reading challenge, they ‘shadow’ the judging panel and have until mid June to complete the books and write reviews on the website.
  • Pupils can develop their critical thinking and debating skills as they engage in discussions at our regular Carnegie book club meetings.
  • Pupils’ achievements are recognised and rewarded at the annual Carnegie lunch party, when the National Awards are live-streamed to the Ermysted’s library.

Completing the Carnegie is an achievement of which pupils can be proud. The shortlisted books often introduce them to new genres and move many out of their reading comfort zone. The Carnegie books are thought- provoking; they challenge stereotypes and deal with diversity, inclusion and human rights issues.

More information can be found on the national Carnegie website.

  • Library Helpers

If you are in Year 8 or 9 and interested in becoming a library helper please collect an application form from the Library.

Applications open after the October half term.

If you would like more information, the librarians would be happy to discuss the role with you.

  • Library Events

Events are widely advertised throughout the year.

Look out for the Kids’ Lit Quiz, Christmas countdown quiz, World Book Day Activities, Year 7 Book Buzz, the Book Trust Challenge, Author visits, the EGS Award Longlist and the Carnegie Reading Challenge.

You can also play chess in the library before school.

Contact Details

The Librarians, Mrs McCabe and Mrs Ibbotson, can be contacted via the library e-mail

Covid-19 Restrictions Update

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the library is currently closed. Arrangements for ordering and returning books will be circulated to pupils via e-mail and form tutors.

A copy of the book request form can be accessed here:-

Book Request Form

Or email your requests to

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