Library Life @ Barrenjoey

Barrenjoey High School’s Library collection caters for the educational and leisure needs of the students and staff. The Library is currently updating its collections creating a rich, engaging collection of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, manga, magazines and periodicals in a variety of formats. This includes a subscription to Wheelers ePlatform which offers a collection of ebooks and audio books to students and staff. The e and audio book collection can be accessed directly through a link on Oliver; the library catalogue’s home page, or through the free Wheelers ePlatform app. Students access the ePlatform app using their DET login details.

Online access to Oliver, the school library catalogue, makes the library catalogue available to students and staff in and out of school time. A link to Oliver can be found on Sentral or the students’ DET portal. Students are able to browse the library catalogue, access the ebook collection, check the status of their loans, make reservations and review books. The Oliver homepage also provides access to online periodical subscriptions and direct links to Trove, the State Library of NSW, the Northern Beaches Library, HSC resources and the Online Referencing Generator.

In 2019 Barrenjoey High School forged close ties with the Northern Beaches Libraries. All Barrenjoey students are asked have a membership with the Northern Beaches Library. Membership gives our students access to valuable eresources to be used for school research tasks. Direct links to Britannica Online and the Ebsco academic databases can be found on the Oliver home page. A link to joining the Northern Beaches Library can also be found here.

The Library promotes a variety of reading and writing competitions including the Premier’s Reading Challenge. This challenge is open to all NSW high school students in years 7 to 9. The Teacher Librarian is very happy to give advice with book selection to help students complete these challenges. Books in the BHS Library on the PRC 7 – 9 reading lists are easily identified by the PRC sticker on their spines. Online access to a variety of reading lists can also be found on the Oliver home page.

The Library is open from 8:00am, Lunch 1 and 2. The teacher-librarian is available to assist students with using the library catalogue and accessing online resources, using data bases, compiling bibliographies, book selection and printing.

The Library also has a subscription to Clickview Online which offers thousands of videos designed to support the curriculum and engage students. All students and staff have access to Clickview, allowing students to access the Clickview library from home for research, homework and assessments. The Clickview Library offers 2,500+ curriculum related videos to help improve the learning outcomes at Barrenjoey High School.

Senior students have access to the Senior Study Room which is annexed to the library. Senior Study lessons are incorporated in their timetables and are staffed by experienced teachers who are available to review students’ assignments and classwork as well as to provide valuable feedback. The Teacher Librarian is also available to help with all research, academic presentation skills, course and personal reading suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you in your Library soon!