The Library

HDS library logo DROPPEDFrom Douglas Adams to Marcus Zusak, the Humphry Davy School library is very well stocked and has nearly 8000 books for students and staff to borrow. Take your pick from fact, fiction, graphic novels, poetry or quick reads for readers who want a shorter text. We also stock a good range of magazines with titles to appeal to all. These are available to browse anytime in the ‘Sofa Zone’.

Encouraging a positive reading culture in and out of school is of vital importance to us and to support this aim the library is home to the Kernow Youth Book Award (KYBA) reading group. KYBA students read and discuss six selected books chosen by participating schools across Cornwall, before choosing their favourite and attending an exclusive award ceremony at The Eden Project where they get the opportunity to meet the authors.

We also take part in the Bookbuzz initiative, a BookTrust reading programme that supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. Every Year 7 student is given the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of carefully selected titles. This always proves popular at the start of their first year at Humphry Davy and creates a real ‘buzz’ about reading!

The Library is a quiet, bright space to sit and read, do homework or relax with friends during break or lunch. We are open every day after school for Homework Club where students can either work on the computers in the Learning Zone or quietly at tables in the library. It is also the perfect space for hosting literary events such as author visits, World Book Day activities and our annual Primary Literature Festival.

Students can search for any books on 'Eclipse', the library catalogue (see below link or click here). In order to check stock availability, view reading lists and read or write reviews though, they will need an individual login, so should contact Ms Atkins, the librarian. If a student thinks the library needs a particular book or series, they can also make suggestions to Ms. Atkins, who reviews all requests throughout the year.

Students play a practical role in the refreshment of library stock, and have previously been taken to Waterstones in Truro and The Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance to select new titles.

The Rewards Shop is also based in the library and students are able to see some of the Rewards on offer in our display units and collect them at arranged times. Please email Ms Atkins if you have any queries regarding the shop.

Additionally, the library is also home to Careers. Here students can pick up a college prospectus or have a chat with the Careers Advisor about their plans for the future.


Summer Term Arrangements

Students can visit the library now by prior arrangement, either individually or in very small groups. However they are still not able to browse and handle the books.

If any student would like assistance in choosing a book, please email or talk to Ms Atkins.

All students are encouraged to search the online catalogue and place orders for Library books via Eclipse, or by emailing Ms Atkins. They can then collect the requested book from the library.

Year group booklists can be accessed via Eclipse with a login, please email if you don’t have one. The news and links section of the library will be regularly updated.

Please note that all library books are quarantined on return for a minimum of 72hrs.


If you have any questions regarding the library then please contact Ms Atkins: catkins@humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk.

View our Library Catalogue

How to use Eclipse (our Library Catalogue)

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