A school library (or what is sometimes called a school library media centre) is a library within a school where students, staff, and often, parents of a public or private school have access to a variety of resources. The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society. It equips students with life-long learning skills and develops their imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens.
Atlantic Hall School Library is a superb and innovative information centre that has been designed to complement and facilitate learning by students. It is a welcoming environment that has areas for reading as well as a reference room for students who wish to consult the reference materials for factual information in their study and research. It has the circulation section which accommodates the shelving and storage areas, flexible reading area, and internet/networked computers.
The library team encourages reading, believing that “readers are leaders” and that those who are comfortable with reading can easily divert that skill to other academic activities that require reading – whether a story that translates into other pleasurable realms or a text that informs us about new ideas or perspectives. The library enjoys helping students select reading titles that will engage and challenge them as well as improve the quality of research skills they acquire.
The Library team works diligently with students on projects that promote reading not solely for academic advancement, but also for leisure, and to understand the value of the library. Our team is committed to producing well rounded students that have good reading, thinking and analytical skills.
Students are free to come to the library either individually at break times, after school, and during their self-study periods at any time to borrow or return borrowed books, research or do an individual study, or they may be accompanied by their teachers during library periods.
The library is open on Monday through Saturday.
The library has about 15,000 books, periodicals, audio-visuals etc. for students, teachers and parents. Our collections include a wide variety of non-fiction titles selected to enhance the academic curriculum (IGCSE to WAEC) as well as many general interest topics. Our fiction section is equally diverse in terms of genre, reading and interest levels. Most books are in English, but we do have a range of titles in French, Igbo and Yoruba languages.
BORROWING AND LENDING
Students are allowed to borrow one book at a time, and it can be held for one week. Borrowed books can be renewed for an extra week, if a hold has not already been placed. There are overdue fines for late books, but prompt return is appreciated. If books are lost they must be paid for before more books can be checked out.
USING THE USER’S GUIDE
The library is easy to use as every shelf is well-labelled to indicate the subject or kind of books it contains. All fiction books are alphabetically arranged according to author’s last name.
All Library computers have internet access and students can either save their work in the school server, USB devices or print if necessary from the centrally connected printer.
ATLANTIC HALL E-LIBRARY SYSTEM
In a technology driven world, Atlantic Hall is passionate about ensuring that our students are able to use new technologies properly. In addition to an extensive collections of periodical and digital media content, reference books, and scholarly journals, the library has computers which are available to all library users.
Atlantic Hall seeks to consistently promote intellectual stimulations, using relevant and cutting edge technology. Plans are underway to renovate and extend the current library building.
With the help of computers and other Internet technologies, we bring the most out of our e-resources by creating a search platform that provides access to the school’s library collection via one search box. With E-library system, students can quickly find content to complete research projects and other class assignments. Visit the school library at: https://ahalllibrary.librarika.com
Atlantic Hall is in partnership with a global nonprofit organization called Wordreader which provides a platform, Booksmart, through which students of varying ages could access, download, and read choice free educational and inspiring e-books and listen to them. The said ages are 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 covering different categories, and the homepage reads ‘Keep Children Reading’. The objective behind this is to have a reading culture renaissance.
There are available slots on the school’s timetable that allows students to have a quality reading time. To facilitate this, the Board provided tabs which are available in the library.
On a termly basis, students are assessed based on books they have read. Also, members of the Worldreader organization keep a tab on students’ commitment to reading and report same to Worldreader project managers who are on the staff of Atlantic Hall.