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 5:30pm
- 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.
- A Cooperative Learning Centre classroom with a 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.
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
- eBook and eAudiobook collection
- DVDs, audiobooks and CDs.
- Online resources and databases including ProQuest, Age Online, 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 the five learning spaces in the Resource Centre
- 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