Gavin Library

Our library is a busy space that encompasses a research/non-fiction area, a reading room and a mezzanine. Year 9 and Year 10 students attend a library class in the reading room once a week with their English teacher, in this time they read books of their own choice quietly. We encourage all of our students to issue books and our collection is continually developing. In doing so, we hope that that our students will continue to develop their literacy skills.

The non-fiction space is used by many different subject areas and there are laptops available for students to use.

During break times students are welcome to come and work quietly. We also host the Reading Club, the Writing Club and the Chess Club, and students of all year levels are encouraged to attend and focus on these pursuits. The library also hosts a termly creative writing competition.

The library is also one of the places that pivotal weeks in the school year are celebrated, such as: Samoan Language Week, Tongan Language Week, Cook Island Week, Pride Week and International Woman’s Day.

Library Website

Opening Hours

Monday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 3:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 3:00pm


Borrowing: Everyone is allowed to borrow books from the library. You do not need to have a library card, just come up to the issuing desk and tell the library staff your name and tutor group.

Computers: All the computers in the library have internet access, and word processing programs to enable you to do research and project assignments. A user name and password is needed to be able to log on to the computers. User names and passwords are issued out to new students at the beginning of the year.

Photocopying: There is a photocopying machine that students can use. Topping up your credit account for photocopying and printing can be done at Student services (Book Shop).

Student thoughts about the Library

Reading is important because:

  • It is calming and relaxing. It provides messages that people can reflect on.
  • It distracts me from the reality of life.
  • Books are a really big part of my life and they help me when I have no one.
  • It boosts my imagination and I like how some books make me feel suspense.
  • It is like a movie, only I use my imagination to make the words come to life.
  • Growing up in a country where no one looked like me or could connect with me was difficult, so I resorted to books to connect to people even if they were just characters in a book.
  • It gives me a sense of peace; it is an escape from reality for me.

The library is important because:

  • It is a place you can concentrate in when you read or do work.
  • It provides books for all students.
  • It is a place you can study and it has resources that are free to use.
  •  It is a place for students that need a quiet space to think and study.
  • It has a lot of entertaining books to read

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