Monday to Friday

Morning:  8.10am – 8.35am

Break:      10.55am – 11.15am

Lunchtime 1: 12.15pm – 12.50pm (Years 9,10 & 11)

Lunchtime 2: 1.15pm – 1.50pm (Years 7, 8 and Post 16)

After School: 3.00pm – 4.00pm (except Fridays closes at 3.30pm)


       The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.        

                                                                                                                                  By Frank Serafini

JOINING THE LIBRARY                               

  1. Every student will be issued with a Library Barcode Sticker in September, which will be placed on the front cover of their planners.

It is important that the sticker is not damaged and that it is NOT removed from the planner. Without the sticker you will not be able to borrow books

  1. Students can borrow up to 3 books at a time for 28 days free. (Year 7 – 1 book, Year 8 – 2 books and Years 9-11 3 books). The date of return will be stamped on the inside page of the library book, telling you what date the book should be returned back to the library. You do not have to keep the book for 28 days, if you do not enjoy the book you can return it the following day.
  2. Books borrowed and returned must always be taken to the library counter, if you end up putting the book back on the library shelf then the book will still be in your name as the library is fully computerised. It can only be taken off when you return it back to the library counter.

Tips about borrowing books

  • Please do not borrow books to your friends, because if they do not return them back then you will end up paying for the cost of the books.
  • Do not leave your books unattended in classrooms or anywhere else, the book is your responsibility while it is in your name. If you lose them, then you have to pay for them. Please take care of any books borrowed.
  • If you have water bottles or drinks in your bag then please ensure you keep them well away from all library books. Put them in a separate bag so that no spillage occurs.
  • Keep your books away from your younger brothers and sisters so that no damage occurs inside the book. Always return books in the same condition that it is given to you.
  • If you aren’t good at remembering dates, please make a note in your planner. This will help you to remember to bring them back on time.

If you lose your library books, don’t panic. Try and look for them. Tell the Librarian in case someone has returned it. If you still cannot find the book, an invoice will be sent home to pay for the cost of the book.


The Library has 4 computers for students to use during morning, break, lunch and after school. There is no booking system (first come basis).

Students are expected to use computers for homework and research purposes.

Students are NOT allowed to play games.


Did you know that we have a Dyslexic Friendly book section? If you haven’t visited the library and seen the section then please do so, we are adding more and more book titles all the time. We also provide students with overlays if required.


We take 8 magazines every month, see Magazine titles below:-

  1. Car
  2. PlayStation
  3. Xbox
  4. Shout
  5. Girl Talk
  6. Go Girl
  7. Edge
  8. Strike It

PLEASE NOTE: Magazines cannot be taken out of the Library.


Have you any suggestions regarding ways to improve the library? Do you want to recommend new book titles? Write down your suggestion on the slip provided and post it in the suggestions box.


During break and lunchtime we have a help desk. Students can ask for help if they cannot find what they are looking for.  Student librarians will be on hand to help students locate Information books as well as Fiction books. If you need help, go to the help desk or speak to Mrs Patel. We are here to help you.


We have a pass system at lunch time in the library. Students will need to collect a lunch time pass from the library to enable them to use library facilities. Without a pass, students will not be allowed in the LCL at lunchtime. Passes will be available first thing in the morning and at break times.


The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page. (Rachel Anders).

We believe that at Grace Academy Darlaston, Reading is a vital skill in enabling to develop the mind. Reading helps you develop your vocabulary, those who read have a wider imagination and have better writing skills. The more teenagers read the more Information they pick up. You don’t have to see it to believe it.  Reading should be seen as an enjoyable activity.

Arrangement of Fiction

Fiction (story) books are arranged alphabetically by Authors Surname. For example Jacqueline Wilson books would be found under the letter W. The first 3 letters of the authors surname is written on the spine of the book.

Arrangement of Information Books

Information books are filed numerically by a system known as The Dewey Decimal Classification System. There is a subject Index available with all the subjects with their Dewey Number. For example if you were looking for books on Space the Dewey number would be 520.

 If you cannot find what you are looking for, or you need help, just ask at the help desk.



Costa Children’s Book Award Winner 2019

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay

The winner of the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winners

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The winner of the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Winners

The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane

2019 FCBG Children’s Book Awards

Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer

2019 Blue Peter Award Winners:-

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

2019 Branford Boase Winner:

I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

2019 YA Book Prize winner:

Goodbye, Perfect By Sara Bernard

2019 British Book Awards

The Ice Monster by David Walliams

Best Books for 9 – 11 year olds

Best Books for 12 – 14 year olds


Links to National Newspapers:-

The Independent –

The Telegraph –

The Daily Mail –

The Guardian –

Local Newspapers

Express and Star –

Birmingham Mail –


Here is a good selection of books for boys, check them out!

Reading doesn’t have to be boring, it’s all about finding the right book.

Shouty Kid by Simon Mayle

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Tiger Wars by Steve Backshall

Skulduggery Pleasant – Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Hell Heroes by Darren Shan

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Middle School by James Patterson

Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz

Treasure Island by RL Stevenson

The Life of Pi by Yan Martel

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Eragon (Inheritience Cycle series) by Christopher Paolini

Lord of the Rings by JR Tolkien

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz 

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The World of Norm by Johnny Meres


Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I’d Tell You I Love, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

Vampire Academy by Richelle Read

Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Harry Potter series JK Rowling

Thirteen Reasons Way by Jay Asher

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Paper Towns by John Green

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Marked (House of Night series) by P.C Cast 

Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot


Popular Classics

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Available)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Available)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Manfield Park by Jane Austen

Emma by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Available)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Available)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and through the looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (Available)

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (Available)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens (Available)

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (Available)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Available)

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (Available)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Available)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Available)

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Available)

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Available)

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (Available)

Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (Available)

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (Available)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Available)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Available)

The Great Gatsby by F S Fitzgerald

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (Available)

Lord of the Flies by W Golding (Available)

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by T Hardy

Bronte – Glyn Hughes (Available)

1984 by George Orwell

Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger (available)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (Available)

A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Available)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Available)

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Available)

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Available)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Available)

Dracula by Brian Stoker

Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (Available)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


The Library has a wide range of Revision books that you can borrow. Here is a list of helpful websites that can help with your revision.

KS3 Revision Links:-

GCSE Revision Links:-


Malorie Blackman – (Check Mate series)


Cathy Cassidy

Cassandra Clare – (Shadow Hunters series)

Suzanne Collins – (Hunger Games)

Cressida Cowell – (How to train your Dragon)

Roald Dahl

James Dashner – (Maze Runner series)


Jeff Kinney – (Diary of a Wimpy kid)

Derek Landy – (Skulduggery series)

Simon Mayle – (Shouty Kid)

CS Lewis – (Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe)

Michael Murpurgo


Liz Pichon – (Tom Gates)



Rick Riordan – (Percy Jackson)

JK Rowling – (Harry Potter series)


Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry)

Lemony Snickett – (A series of Unfortunate Events)



Jaqueline Wilson


Do you like comics, well we have a wide selection of graphic/manga comics available for you to borrow. Check these out! Please note that some manga books do have age restrictions.

Death Note


Attack on Titan

Black Butler

Kamisama Kiss




and many more………