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Resource Centre

The school Resource Centre (Library) is a fundamental part of the teaching and learning process at Mansfield State High School. Resources are provided for curriculum-based tasks, as well as for recreational purposes. There are items to educate, to challenge, to entertain, and to inform.

The collection contains extensive print and non-print resources, including:

  • Fiction and non-fiction books, a specially selected core of periodicals, two daily newspapers, a vertical file and extensive reference and teacher reference sections.
  • Paid subscriptions to a range of online databases, allowing students the freedom to access a wealth of online content from the school or home environment.
  • An extensive collection of DVDs and digital media including Clickview.
  • A large range of audio-visual equipment including laptops, hard drive video cameras, digital still cameras and tripods for school use and for home borrowing.

Access to these resources is provided through a fully-automated library management system comprising the library catalogue (e-Library), which can be accessed from all networked computer terminals in the school. High standards of cataloguing ensure that all resources can be accessed effectively.

Our Resource Centre contains a number of flexible learning spaces which include: two Library Annexes; three open teaching spaces; and a designated reading room that houses an extensive fiction collection which is regularly updated. Additionally, the Electronic Learning Centre (ELC) allows students to access the internet and a range of computer software programs. Being linked to the student network, the ELC offers the possibility of assignment completion through all of the utility programs available. Other facilities available to students and staff include a photocopier, high quality colour printer and scanner.

The dedicated library staff offers assistance to the school community in a number of areas, including:

  • the selection and processing of a wide range of resources;
  • instruction in the location and use of such resources;
  • assistance with the selection of reading materials;
  • instruction in the use of audio-visual equipment; and,
  • the management, processing, and distribution of class sets.

Loan conditions are flexible with students being able to borrow a greater number of resources concurrently as they move through the grades.

RARE (Reading And REviewing) Book Club  

To ensure that all literature coming into the Resource Centre is informative and interesting but not offensive, the RARE Book Club was formed to read and evaluate each new item for either general reading and/or for class sets. The group meets twice per term to discuss and enjoy the books read. It is managed by the library staff and membership is open to all students, staff and parents.