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About the Library at Rushden Academy 

The Library at Rushden Academy promotes books and reading across the school, along with offering a place to go at break and lunch-time and organising extra-curricular activities.

The Library is open to students from 8.30am so that they can return or borrow a book or print off their homework before school starts. We will often have lessons booked into the Library for students to use the computer or book resources to help them with their studies. We also help to support the Year 7 & 8 English classes who are taking part in the Accelerated Reader program by helping students to find books they will enjoy to read and supporting the English teachers with delivery of the programme. At break and lunch times the Library is open for students who would like catch-up on homework, read quietly, ask staff about reading books or relax by doing a jigsaw, some colouring and puzzles or playing games with their friends.

We have a small selection of stationery items for sale including pens, pencils and rulers.

Reading and Activities

There are thousands of book titles students can choose from and staff are on hand to give advice and support students with the choosing of those books. Every break and lunch-time students are welcome to find a quiet nook in the Library and spend some time reading. 

New books are added to the stock frequently and the titles are chosen with our students in mind; what they like or don’t like, popular authors and series of books. We sometimes get recommendations from our students, which is a fantastic way of making sure that the books we buy are going to be popular with lots of students.

The Library has a team of Library Ambassadors who help the staff out at break and lunch-times. This team were mindfully chosen, knowing that they have a love of reading and are able to promote different books and use of the Library to their fellow students. 

There are many book-themed events which the Library take part in, such as:

  • Harry Potter Book Night
  • World Book Day
  • World Book Night
  • Carnegie Medal Book Shadowing
  • Author visits or reading events

To support our members of staff the Library also has a ‘Teacher Training’ area, with many helpful books to choose from. Staff are also welcome to browse our fiction shelves. 

Library Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 8.30am - 4pm (except during timetabled lessons)

Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm

Break and lunch-time in the Library

At break and lunch-times students can do homework either on the computers or at the desks; play a selection of board or card games; have a quiet catch-up with friends; colour or solve some of the puzzles on offer (such as paper-based wordsearches or Sudokus) or choose or return their Library books. We also have interactive boards for 'Word of the Day', Sudoku and a termly Science based activity. 

Card and Board Games on offer

We have lots of different games for students to play by themselves, in pairs or groups. The selection includes:

Guess Who, Chess, Connect 4, 5 Second Rule, Top Trumps, Uno, playing cards.

Tranquil Thursday

Thursday lunch-time in the Library is for students to find some peace and tranquility. There are no games played, everyone talks in a lower voice and just takes part in either reading, homework or colouring. 

We also sometimes have special events during the term, such as Harry Potter Book Night, so look out for any information or posters around the school.

Homework Club

If you don’t want to leave your homework until the weekend, come along to study club and get it done before you go home. If you are going to come regularly you will need to get a letter signed by your parents/carers. Ask the Library staff for more information.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 3.00pm - 3.50pm.


Links to reading websites

 Click the icon or scan the QR code to link to the websites below:

 Libresoft (Library Catalogue)


libresoft QR2

ePlatform (online reading site)


Wheelers QR2

Accelerated Reader (AR reading quizzes)

AR 2

Accelerated Reader (Book Finder)


If you have books at home and would like to find out if they are on AR and what level they are, then click here to be taken to the AR bookfinder UK website. You can type in the author, title or ISBN (the barcode on the back of the book) and if the book is on AR you will see the quiz number and book level.

Libresoft & ePlatform

Library Documents

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