News from The Arthur Holt Library

Much of this week has been taken up with preparations for our return to school next week. There’s a clear sense of excitement at the prospect of seeing the students and staff in person again, but because The Arthur Holt Library is a space where cohorts often co-mingle, we’ve also had to accept the reality of ongoing restrictions.

Unfortunately, during Weeks 4 and 5, we will be closed to students before and after school and during recess and lunch. This is, of course, designed to minimise the number of close contacts should a case arise, but we are working hard to ensure that it won’t also minimise access to our collection. Our team of Librarians have put in place a Click and Collect service, which will allow students, staff and their families to reserve any books that they would like to borrow.

Students can access the Library Catalogue via our Canvas Course and reserve the book of their choice. They then need to follow this up with an email to and we will notify them when their book(s) is ready for collection. A table will be set up outside the library itself to ensure that they can pick up their book in a COVID-safe manner.

We have also had to suspend our academic mentoring programme Study+ for the remainder of this term, but we are optimistic that it will return in Term 1 2022. An update will be emailed out to parents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 as soon as bookings become available. It has historically been an enormously popular programme so be sure to get in early to secure a spot.

We will, however, be accepting returns from next week. There will be a crate positioned outside the library where you will be able drop off any overdue books. If you’re anything like us, you will have amassed quite a pile by now!

Our teaching team also delivered the last of the Year 10 Independent Project workshops this week. These helped them to draft a research question and outline the methodology that will drive the remainder of their research. From now on, the boys will meet one-on-one with their individual mentors to discuss their progress and receive feedback, although the Library team will be on hand to assist them in any way that we can.

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

― Joseph Brodsky

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