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Open Monday to Fridays from 8.00am until 4.30pm, our Library is housed in the most historic part of the College and serves two purposes:

·         To support learning in all subjects through the provision of electronic and print resources;

·         To promote reading for recreation and literacy development.

Our learning community is fortunate to have approximately 6,000 items at its disposal.  These include books, newspapers, magazines, and CD Roms.  There are also eleven networked PCs and twenty laptops with access to the internet ready to use.  Students in Years 7-9 may take out three books at a time for two weeks and Year 10-11 may take up to six books for two weeks. All items may renewed up to three times.  However, lost or damaged items must be paid for in full.  

We also have a full time Librarian in charge of the Library, ready to assist students, teachers and wider members of the community with their requirements and ably supported by a number of nominated Year 10 and 11 Student Librarians.   


Please click on the link below to access our Library catalogue:


Accelerated Reader and Library Skills Sessions

The Accelerated Reading Programme 

All students are inducted into using the Library in their first term:

·         Students learn how to use the library catalogue to locate reading books and resources for homework, research and revision;

·         Students learn the different genres of Fiction that can continue to develop an interest in from their previous reading history;

·         Students learn Information Literacy Skills such as proper Internet use, referencing, sourcing from different mediums of information.  

Our Year 7 follow the Accelerated Reading Programme by undertaking one hour of private reading and related learning activities per week as part of their English curriculum.  The aims of the Programme and its administrators are to encourage students to read for enjoyment, to find and articulate their reading interests and to track and develop their reading skills and levels whilst developing individualised reading and learning programmes designed to meet the needs of every child.

Please click on the link below to access further details of our Accelerated Reading Programme and Policy:


Our Year 8 students have one hour sessions in the Library every fortnight to continue their recreational reading and complete a variety of academic and creative assignments that arise directly from their reading.

Reading Lists

Our Librarian has compiled an extensive set of reading lists, designed to meet the reading needs and interests of all students across Year groups. Students can access these reading lists in the Library at any time or by the links to the resources below:

St Thomas More Langauge College Historical Archive

The Library holds extensive archive materials doucmenting the history of the College and the local Chelsea area.  These include College newsletters, Sports Day records, Punishment Book details, Admissions registers, photographs and other ephemera.

We are always delighted to hear from former students and staff who may wish to provide anecdotes and memorabilia of their time at St Thomas More Language College.  If you would like to share your material, please contact the College directly and ask for the Librarian.  

Unfortunately our archive items are not available for loan but access to them is available on request.

Extra-curricular activities 

The Library hosts a number of whole-College events such as National Poetry Day, World Book Week, Read-A-Thon Charity Drive and the Carnegie Book Award.  

It is also the location for a number of College Clubs, which include STM Book Club, Film Club, Debate Club and Chess Club.

The College runs an annual Chess Tournament that is open to all students and a number of creative competitions from within the school and the Young Writer’s Initiative.

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