The Brother Colman Molloy Library, located at the centre of St Bede’s College, has a commitment to support all areas of the curriculum.
We endeavour to provide an environment conducive to independent learning and research, and promote a love of reading and literature.
- Monday to Thursday: 7:45am to 5:00pm
- Friday: 7:45am to 4:00pm
Ongoing refurbishment has enhanced the flexibility of the library space. Defined areas allow several groups to work in the library concurrently:
- 2 class areas – each accommodating up to 30 students are adjacent to the non-fiction collection.
- VCE students work in their own supervised space.
- An eLearning room with smartboard.
- RAD Reading Area – lounge chairs are set amongst the fiction collection to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for boys and staff to read.
- The Audio-Visual Department, located on the upper level, contains a recording studio and editing suites, as well as a wide range of electronic equipment for use throughout the school. Technicians provide assistance and tuition in using the AV equipment effectively.
Items in the collection have been thoughtfully selected to support the curriculum, and to further the self-education and personal development of students and staff. A broad range of interests are catered for with:
- General Reference books
- Non-fiction books including fun facts, biographies and real life collections
- Fiction books in a range of genres plus graphic novel and picture book collections
- Academic and general interest periodicals and magazines
- DVDs, audiobooks and CDs.
- Online resources and databases including eLibrary, ECHO, World Book
- Daily newspapers – archived for 6 months
Specialist staff develop and deliver programs to support St Bede’s College students, encouraging them to become discerning and independent users of information. These programs include:
- RAD (Readers Are Dynamic) reading programme – all students up to Year 9 take part in regular interactive sessions through their English classes with the aim of fostering a love of reading and books.
- Year 7 Orientation – a comprehensive introduction to the Resource Centre and its services
- Information Literacy / Research skills – individual and class tuition
- Literature promotion – including guest speakers and Author visits
- Staff may book classes into either of the designated class areas, eLearning or RAD
- Students can use a library pass, signed by their teacher, during class time to come to the library unaccompanied
- Students may also use the library freely before and after school and at recess and lunchtime to complete homework, read or study