West London Free School has had a library since its inception. Its first home was at Cambridge Grove and then, temporarily, Bridge Avenue. With the move to Palingswick House all the secondary school books were transferred to the library here.
The library at Palingswick House is at the heart of the school, both literally and figuratively. It offers pupils a quiet place for independent study, revision with a partner, access to computers for schoolwork and of course reading for pleasure.
For those in the Sixth Form, there is also a dedicated library at Franklin House. https://www.wlfs-sixthform.org/Franklin-House-Facilities/
Library during Covid
Due to the zoning of the school, the library is currently for use by Key Stage 3 pupils only. In order to make up for Key Stage 4’s lack of access to the library we have introduced an online reservation and delivery service. Please contact Librarian, Mrs Eastwood (email@example.com) if you have any problems accessing your library account.
The library at Palingswick House is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Mrs J Eastwood, Librarian, Palingswick House – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms V Duggan, Senior Librarian, Franklin House – email@example.com
Year 7 Library Induction
Pupils in Year 7 attend a library induction as part of their English lesson and are given individual log in details to maintain their own library account online, including reserving, rating and reviewing books.
The library catalogue is available to search here https://u014595.microlibrarian.net/ Pupils can borrow two fiction and two non-fiction books for a period of three weeks. Pupils can borrow and renew books at the library desk during break and lunch. To reserve books pupils must log into their accounts. Please contact Mrs Eastwood if you have forgotten your log in details.
We have hosted our school reading lists on the excellent https://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/ website.
Parents need to create a free account to view the school reading lists but if you would prefer not to create an account, we are happy to email PDF versions of the reading lists to you. Once registered, pupils can use the website to browse the school reading lists, read extracts of recommended books, view the website’s own range of reading lists and create/share favourite lists for themselves. Parents can buy books through the website but there is no obligation to do so.
There are six networked desktop computers which pupils can use before and after school and during break and lunch for schoolwork. Pupils must sign a consent form to use the computers.
Pupils can buy stationery from the Heads of Year office in the library Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 8.30am.