Introducing the JYHS Library - more than just books!

The School Library is managed by Mrs K. Wilson, a Chartered Librarian, supported at break and lunch by a team of pupil library monitors from S2 to S6. These pupils give up more than 1600 hours of their free time a year to help - tidying shelves, issuing books, helping create the displays and much more.

K Wilson

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Mrs. Wilson   

The Library has a wealth of resources - a physical fiction and non-fiction collection of around 9,000 titles plus access to digital books and audio books through the BorrowBox App and digital magazines through the Libby App. The library also offers laptops and printer/scanner.

When are we open?

We are open throughout the day from 8.35am until 4.15pm (1:15pm on Fridays) for pupils and staff to read, work and use the resources.

Nearly 900 pupils a week use the library at break and lunch, while over 1000 pupils use the library over a week in class time - 75% of pupils say that the library has helped them with their school work.

You'll find us just next to the Computing department.

What happens in the library?

The school librarian works with every department in school to support the curriculum. Working together to create and present over 120 different library based lessons a year. 70% of the pupils agree that the library has helped them learn how to find and use information, while 60% think the library has helped them make judgements on the information.

JYHS Library has a popular and busy event programme from our annual Book Week Read-a-thon to our Comic Con event to our weekly clubs. Click here for the most update list of the clubs we are running

Library Clubs from Oct 2022 (PDF) [471KB] (opens new window)

What about reading?

Every pupil has a library account. To borrow a book all they need to do is ask at the main desk. Pupils can borrow 3 books for 3 weeks. They can get the book for longer simply by asking. Pupils can also request titles that they can't find on our shelves.

To access the West Lothian Libraries digital resources pupils can download  BorrowBox (opens new window) and/or  Libby (opens new window) onto their device, search for West Lothian and put in their borrower number and pin (just ask in the library for these)

Read Woke Challenge

The reading challenge aims to help young people broaden their understanding and engagement with social injustice issues. 

Just read or listen to 4 of the 30 carefully selected titles, complete and return a sentence review card for each, to earn a pin badge. 

The challenge is open to everyone thanks to links with West Lothian Public Libraries and books are available in physical, digital and audio formats. 

For more information and to see the books head here. Read Woke West Lothian (opens new window)

Accelerated Reader 

JYHS currently runs the Accelerated Reader programme for all S1  & S2 pupils. Library stock has been labelled with coloured dots to help pupils locate books at the correct BL (Book Level) for them.  

Pupils can check the BL of their own books by using AR Bookfinder (opens new window)

Pupils can take their AR Book Quiz here AR Book Quiz (opens new window)

JYHS Library outside of school?

For book and library related fun and information you can also follow our Twitter Feed @JYHSLibrary

Or Instagram @JYHSLibrary 


Reconsideration of materials 

In the event of a concern being raised about any of the materials in the library, the following procedure will be followed. 

The concern will be discussed orally between the person raising it, or via the Reconsideration of Materials form, with the Librarian. If we are unable to come to an agreement with the person, they will be asked to state the concern clearly in writing [using the form if they haven't already]. The librarian, head teacher and selected senior staff members will then examine the material and determine whether it should or should not be withdrawn or moved within the collection. 

Reconsideration of materials (PDF) [94KB] (opens new window)