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The Library Resource Centre has a wide range of fiction and information material, suitable for all styles, ages and abilities.  The stock is regularly updated to include titles and topics requested by students and staff: at least a third of titles bought have been student recommended!

Students are permitted to borrow up to two books (exceptions can be made for senior pupils/revision materials) for a loan of two weeks.


Teen Titles

Teen Titles is a magazine containing reviews of new books from secondary school students in the City of Edinburgh Council area.  It aims to promote reading and literacy in a fun way that appeals to all young people giving them the chance to share their views on what they have read.  Students who participate have the opportunity to read and review books prior to national publication or books that have only just recently appeared on the shelves in stores.  Students are encouraged to submit book reviews to the magazine, thereby promoting reading for pleasure, the pupil voice and critical thinking.    At the beginning of each school year (August) participating students are invited to the annual “Teen Titles Party” where their input to the magazine is celebrated and they have the opportunity to meet and speak with authors.

Reading Lists

Various reading lists are available for students and staff to access, which have been prepared by the Librarian, literacy working groups or CEC school librarians working together.  Other websites to access reading lists for specific age-groups/levels/themes include:



  •  Reading for Gold scheme

These reading lists are prepared by the school Librarian to offer S1 and S2 students undertaking the Silver stage in the Reading for Gold scheme a starting point when searching for specific genre-related fiction.  These lists are suggestions only – recommendations from students and staff are welcome for inclusion on future lists!

Reading for Gold lists Jan 2015

  • Junior

The books recommended in this leaflet are aimed at young people between the ages of eleven and fourteen.  The list is split into categories to help readers identify books which would appeal most to them: graphic novels, quick reads and challenging books are included.  They are recommended by a group of CEC school librarians, and is updated regularly.

Great Reads for Younger Teens January 2014

  • Senior

The titles contained in “Free Your Mind” are aimed at senior students, ages fifteen plus.  The list is again split into categories to help readers identify subject areas and genres that appeal to them: graphic novels are included, alongside reads to challenge and stretch students.  The titles are recommended by a group of CEC school librarians and is updated regularly.

FREE YOUR MIND Leaflet December 2014

  • Health

There is a list of recommended books and resources for children and young people which has been put together by Lothian’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Professionals: these resources have been identified as offering the best self-help support to young people and their parents/carers.  If you would like a copy of the list, please contact the librarian using the link in the staff pages.

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Print Resources

  • Information and reference books

A range of materials suitable for a variety of styles, abilities and subject areas. Information books are available to borrow for two week loans as part of a students’ two book limit.

  • Newspapers and magazines

A daily edition of The Scotsman newspaper plus back issues of English Review, Politics Review, 20th Century History Review, Biological Sciences Review, Flipside and Which?

  • Study

A range of past and practice papers, “How to Pass” books and study guides are available to borrow for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.  ICT access is available for access to the SQA website and their archive of sample papers with marking schema.

Online Resources

  •  Issues

The latest articles and statistics on a variety of social issues.  Includes articles from newspapers, websites, magazines, government reports and charity reports.  Suitable for ages fourteen+, and particularly useful for social subjects research.  Available in both print and online format.

  • Complete Issues

Consists of:

Essential Articles – articles on a range of key topics

Fact File – statistics relating to current topics and social issues (works in conjunction with Essential Articles)

Key Organisations – a guide to thousands of organisations, including charities, universities, pressure groups and government agencies

Available in both print and online format.


images of cultural and historical interest to Scotland.

  • Whose Town?

explore the past with the help of real people from Edinburgh’s past.  Topics include:

Victorian Edinburgh

Edinburgh 1900-1914

Edinburgh during World War II

Edinburgh in the 1950s

All of the above resources are available to access at any computer within the school or at home: login information is available from the librarian, and displayed in study areas.

  • AVUs

Added Value Units at National 4 and 5 are an important part of the curriculum, and in order to support students and staff, an ever-evolving list of resources (mainly web-based) is available for the most popular topics across City of Edinburgh schools.
Please ask the librarian for a copy.

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Study space and facilities are available before and after school, at lunchtimes (Mon-Thu) and breaktime (Fri).  Senior pupils may use the Library Resource Centre during free periods for personal study or group work.  Access is available to ICT, course-required and supported independent study resources.

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