Welcome to the Library…
We are open at 9am daily and close at 4pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We ask that you eat, drink and take phone calls outside of the library so that all can use the library undisturbed for working.
Please leave the space as you find it, put any rubbish in the bins and return any equipment and books that you use to the correct place.
We have a security system so please make sure that you borrow all library books before leaving. You can borrow up to 5 items for 3 weeks at a time. If you need books for longer you can email or come into the library to renew, as long as nobody else has made a reservation for the title. Returned books can be placed in the Returns Box on the Issue Desk.
We have a small selection of essential stationary available to purchase if you run out.
Sixth formers have their own separate, soundproofed room to study in at the Sylvia West Library, you are also welcome to use the computers and the other areas but there will be times when they are booked for classes.
The Librarian, Ms Brown, has a first degree in English Literature, a Masters’ degree in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Management and will support you with your studies, so please ask for any help that you need.
Our Reading blog http://weneedtotalkaboutreading.wordpress.com/ Please submit any book reviews by email – all comments will be moderated.
A Short History of the Library
"Adult education, clinics, libraries and institutes were to mingle with the day-to-day education of children: Morris’s vision amounted to true idealism and many architects would have gone a little dotty in trying to surpass the basic concept in brick and stone." Rodney Tibbs School that Gropius Built CEN article 07.02.1975
Henry Morris, Chief Education Officer for Cambridgeshire for over thirty years, believed that in the modern world art and the artist had become abnormal, replaced by the habit of ugliness. It was not surprising then that he should choose to employ Gropius, who held very similar ideas about the integration of art and beauty into every day for everybody, for the third village college. This belief in the integration of art can be seen in the library with a small but powerful bronze sculpture by Michael Ayrton entitled Split Figure. Ayrton, 1921-1975, an English artist, sculptor and writer captivated by Greek myth, was described by Henry Moore as “a fascinating side-alley; not mainstream, but a significant eccentric.”
The present library dates from 1993 when it was built as a purpose-built space and renamed in 2001 after the sudden death of College Warden Sylvia West in 1997. The beautiful plaque outside, carved at the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge, commemorates her contribution to the College and her love of books.
“The active practice and enjoyment of all the arts are as necessary to everybody as food and air” Henry Morris
Our online catalogue can be searched here: https://u016174.microlibrarian.net/?ad=true
On networked computers Start Menu – Favourites – Eclipse Or click here
On iOS devices download the imls app http://goo.gl/sU24lo and log in with site: impington village college/ guest.
You can search by author, title, keyword etc. and when you hover over the cover image of your search results you can check whether the title is on loan or not. In the book details section check the location (Sixth form or 11-16 Library) and make a note of the classmark (for non-fiction) in order to find the book on the shelves. Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author’s surname, there is a separate Sixth Form Fiction section. There are also separate sections for graphic novels, manga, short stories and DVDs. Some of the audio books are shelved with books others are on a stand at the entrance to the library. You will find magazines, including BBC History, on the Magazine rack.
Here is a quick outline of our classification system…you can probably see that it is showing its age having been devised in 1876!
000 - Computer Science, Information, and General Works
100 - Philosophy and Psychology
200 - Religion
300 - Social Sciences
400 - Languages
500 - Science and Mathematics
600 - Technology and Applied Science
700 - Arts and Recreation
800 - Literature
900 - History and Geography
More detail about sub-divisions can be found here http://dewey.info/
Careers & University Resources
For information about Open Days go to http://opendays.com/calendar/
Careers films and information at www.careersbox.co.uk
|378.41 O’Le||The Times Good University Guide: Where to Go and What to Study by John O’Leary|
|378.41 Zov||The Good University Guide for IB Students by Alexander Zouev|
|378.161 Hea||Heap University Degree Course Offers by Brian Heap|
|650.142 Mil||You’re Hired! How to Write A Brilliant CV by Corinne Mills|
Also information on Gap Years, Apprenticeships, volunteering and studying abroad.
Study Skills – Recommended Reading
|025.042 Bra||Expert Internet Searching by Phil Bradley. Google and beyond. Need to do a reverse image or app search, this book has some great tips.|
|808.027 Pea||Cite Them Right by Richard Pears. The renowned guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, includes examples for all print and electronic sources, business, government, technical and legal publications, works of art and images from ancient texts to Twitter.|
|371.3 Gre||How to Write Better Essays by Bryan Greetham.|
|371.3 Cot||Skills for Success: The Personal Development Handbook by Stella Cottrell.|
|371.3 Cot||Critical Thinking Skills by Stella Cottrell.|
|650.1 Pet||The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters. A mind management tool for success.|
Reading great novels, plays and poems may be the best investment of time and money you can make. According to a study at Liverpool University, the works of Shakespeare, Austen and other great writers are “rocket boosters” to the brain and better therapy than any self-improvement guide. They give you insights into human nature you will find nowhere else. These guides make what can be daunting accessible and digestible.
We have a copy of each guide for reading in the Sixth Form library (Reference Only)
|Jane Austen||Emma / Pride and Prejudice|
|Emily Bronte||Wuthering Heights|
|Chaucer||The Canterbury Tales|
|Joseph Conrad||The Heart of Darkness|
|Charles Dickens||Great Expectations|
|T.S. Eliot||The Wasteland|
|Thomas Hardy||Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|Harper Lee||To Kill a Mockingbird|
|John Milton||Paradise Lost|
|William Shakespeare||A Midsummer Night's Dream/ Antony and Cleopatra/ King Lear/ Macbeth/ Othello/ Romeo and Juliet/ The Tempest|
Our subscription includes the following digital content:
Fortnightly Review - featuring digests of significant new critical essays or books and a summary of literary stories and available to read online.
Shorts - short guides to modern texts, written by leading literary critics and are available to read online.
|Angela Carter||The Bloody Chamber|
|Kiran Desai||Hullabalooo in the Guava Orchard|
|Cormac McCarthy||The Road|
|DBC Pierre||Vernon God Little|
Also quizzes and occasional essays
CAS Experience in the Library
Smart Research For Sixth Formers From IVC Library